TDI's 56 Series Air Starters featuring a unique sprag clutch are setting new stardards for reliability and long life for gas turbine engine users -- especially in harsh enviornoments.
TurboStart™ 56 Series starter designs employ TDI's extensive aerospace experience in designing and manufacturing jet engine simulators. That, coupled with TDI’s understanding of industrial operating environments, has established a new standard for reliability and cost efficiency for industrial turbine engine starters.
All Gas Turbine Engines
90-210 hp (63-78 kW)
50-150 psi (3.44-10 BAR)
48 lbs (21.8 kg)
While costing many thousands of dollars less than most competitive products, the TDI 56 Series family of starter products provide impressive power, up to 210 hp (158 Kw) of cranking power at 150 psig (10 BAR). Yet, the design efficiency of the 56 Series Starter means even more, because it lasts. In fact, TDI starters resist damage by contaminated air/gas supplies, better than any other.
A Starter That Lets You "Run What You've Got"
Moisture, rust, scale, micro-sand and other contaminants can lodge in most starters, and shut them down…or at best, corrode and wear them quickly. TurboStart's open gas path design allows contaminants to pass through the motor quickly, minimizing their effects. This feature provides added insurance against starter-related downtime…especially in situations where starting air/gas quality is far less than optimum.
The Sprag Clutch: Another Sensible Design Feature from TDI
TurboStart's unique sprag clutch distributes torque evenly to 22 separate contact points, rather than just three points used on competitive clutch designs. This reduces wear at the contact points, reduces long-term maintenance, and makes the starter itself more reliable. This is an excellent solution for windmilling applications and can be an economical replacement for pneumatic jaw-type clutches found on older gas turbine engines. TDI's unique sprag design makes clutch failures due to control system malfunctions a thing of the past.
The Power for Starting Efficiency
The optimum gas turbine engine starter demonstrates efficient use of supply air throughout the start cycle with power to spare. TurboStart's 210 hp (158Kw) at 150 psig (10BAR) does just that. Our starters are precisely matched to your engine's specifications to hasten the start cycle and minimize air usage.
The Advantage of Cost Efficiency
Aeroderivative starters must comply with expensive FAA flight-worthy specifications. The question to ask is, "do you really need FAA approval for a stationary gas turbine?" We didn't think so either. As a result, we have been able to build a highly reliable starter using quality components for thousands less than our aeroderivative competitors. Doesn't that approach make sense?
The Simplicity of the Single Planetary Gear
Instead of complex sets of inefficient compound gears that have to be precisely assembled, the TurboStart™ uses a single planetary gear reducer. It's not only efficient from a design and power standpoint, but it actually simplifies the process of matching starter speed with your engine start cycle. And in the unlikely event your starter should ever fail, replacing its planetary gear train is a quick, simple procedure that minimizes downtime.
Finally, No Pre-Lubricated Drive Air
While some starters require "fuel quality" or a scrubbed gas supply, not so with a TDI starter. Starting air filtration drying systems are expensive. So are air lubrication systems and oil mist traps. These systems are expensive to install, expensive to maintain and expensive to clean up after. Yet, what can be even more expensive is punitive action by environmental agencies.