Wear problems will continue to occur with engine components even with changing design and the introduction of novel materials. Very few wear models for engine components exist, however, so it is difficult for engineers to easily establish how materials and components will perform and costly engine testing programs have to be carried out. Those models that do exist are often complex, difficult to use and written in software that is not available within many organisations.
The use of browser-enabled software applications is becoming increasingly common in large, multi-location organisations to make the delivery and support of engineering tools more efficient, so it would be beneficial if wear modelling software was available in this format.
In this project, work has been carried out to further the development of an existing valve recession model to provide an easy to use variant for use in industry. Initially, the model was created for use in the MATLAB® environment and then as a Java based web tool, linked to a wear database, which can be accessed from any desired location.