Why Negative cam or Inward cam used in Air distributer of MAN B&W starting air system .why not a possitive cam ?
The cam for the air distributer serves its purpose only while starting the engine . Actually if you see there is no other requirement of this particular cam while the engine is continue in operation. Therefore if a cam ( normal possitive ) is used then wear of this particular cam will be abviated and will be expensive to repair / replace this cam . So when the engine has started and the vessel is enroute a voyage , then this particular cam turns without any running gear touching it. It comes into play only starting
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