Gesilco: Built to last

In 1993 the first Geislinger Gesilco glass fiber coupling was put into operation on a fast ferry, built in Spain. The Gesilco was caught up with the same "fate " as any other new invention: its introduction was met with wide-spread skepticism at engine builders, classification societies and operators. However, success in operation has proven the product effective.

Gesilco is touted by the manufacturer as the lightest coupling on the market.

At the same time it is designed to be extremely loadable, has an outstanding misalignment capability and very low reaction forces. All those characteristics were proven within the last 10 years over and over again, partly under the hardest conditions.

The material used for Gesilco couplings is glass and carbon fiber — which is also used in the aero-space industry.

These couplings are used in a number of applications, especially for fast monohulls or c a t a m a r a n s , but also for coastguard- or police-vessels, for yachts or test bench a p p l i c a t i o n s .

The power range for which the Gesilco couplings are used at the moment lies between 100 kW and 9,000 kW.

The latest product is the Gesilco disc, a flat membrane coupling for single bearing generator applications, which opens the door to many other fields of application.

Every year several hundreds of Gesilco couplings are produced at Geislinger's production plant in Bad St. Leonhard/Austria and are mainly combined with the well-proven, torsionalelastic high damping Geislinger couplings.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 48,  Oct 2003 Farouk Nefzi

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