Solid Rider Bands: Considerations for Installation
The installation of solid rider bands on hollow cast pistons is not ranked among the simplest operations in compressor repair, especially with large piston diameters and thick rider band profiles. Innovative methods have been developed for such installations, but many have the potential to permanently damage the rider band and potentially reduce its service life. This discussion presents a number of practical considerations in solid rider band material selection and installation that will prevent damage. Additionally, developments in materials and pre-stretching technologies aimed at simplifying the installation procedures in the field will be discussed.