NO. 692A


The CHOCKFAST system is used for mounting all sizes and types of main and auxiliary machinery. It eliminates all machining of foundation surfaces and will conform precisely to the surface profiles presented. The individual chocks are arranged similarly to conventional iron ones. Removal of grease, oil, mill scale and/or rust or flaky paint is the only preparation usually necessary for machinery supporting surfaces. These surfaces should be cleaned if covered by other than a thin coat of inorganic zinc paint or similar primer. Inorganic zinc is recommended where machinery base and foundation corrosion resistance is required, as in the case of deck machinery and other equipment constantly exposed to water.

Which Grade of CHOCKFAST to Use

When alignment must be maintained precisely, or when the operating temperature will exceed 52C (125F) but not 90C (194F), then CHOCKFAST ORANGE must be used. Examples of this class of machinery are propulsion engines and gearboxes.

Where alignment does not have to be maintained precisely, usually because the equipment is self-contained, and the operating temperature will be below 52'C (125'F), then CHOCKFAST ORANGE or CHOCKFAST GRAY may be used. Typical applications would be winches, pumps and skid mounted diesel generators.

Design for Precise Alignment
(Propulsion machinery, etc.)

a. Stress on the chocks due to the machinery's weight should not exceed 7 kgf/cm2 (100 psi). Known as deadweight loading.

b. Static stress on the chocks due to the Deadweight plus the Bolt Tensions is typically designed to be 35 kgf/cm2 (500 psi). See the appropriate classification approval for higher stress, most approve at least 45 kgf/cm2 (640 psi)

c. Hold down bolt tensions must total at least 2.5 times the machinery weight. This is to ensure the machine will not move.

d. Hold down bolt stress must be at least 4.73 kgf/mm2 (6720 psi). This is to ensure the bolts will stay tight.

e. Continuous chock temperature should not exceed 90C (194F). Unless otherwise stated it may be assumed that a diesel engine's chocks will not exceed 80C (176F).

f. Where thrust has to be transmitted, thrust chocks are not required if the total static chock load exceeds 3.33 times the thrust.

It is suggested that chocks be designed for 12mm to 45mm (1/2" to 1' 3/4") thickness. Any thickness of chock can be cast. Consult your distributor for advice on thinner or thicker chocks.

Design for Deck and Auxiliary Machinery

If the temperature will not exceed 52C (125F), machinery and equipment which does not have to be precisely aligned may be chocked as follows:

Using CHOCKFAST ORANGE, maximum continuous static stress 84.5 kgf/cm2 (1200 psi). Using CHOCKFAST GRAY, maximum continuous static stress 56 kgf/cm2 (800 psi). It is not necessary to limit the deadweight loading. Chock thickness recommendations are as for precise alignment.

Design for Higher Stress than 84.5 kgf/cm2 (1200 psi), Non-Critical Alignment

When the chock stress will be above the previously given limits it is advisable to consult ITW Philadelphia Resins. Continuous stress of 250 kgf/cm2 (3550 psi) has been approved for mooring winches and this is also a typical stress under crane rails. Transients and shock loads of 700 kgf/cm2 (10000 psi) can be accepted with suitable design guidance.



General Guidelines for Marine Engineers

Bolt Tension and Tightening Torque

There is no absolute relationship between tightening torque and bolt tension. The generally accepted formula is:

Torque (kgf.m) = 0.2 x Tension (kgf) x Dia. (mm)
Torque (lbs.feet) = 0.2 x Tension (lbs) x Dia. (inches)
Torque (N.m) = 0.2 x Tension (N) x Dia. (mm)

As has been explained, there is a minimum desirable bolt stress and the following table gives the MINIMUM tension for various size bolts. It is normally advantageous to use more than the minimum shown here. When the bolt material is unknown, a safe maximum tension is 3 times the value given in this table.


12 3 570 1/2" 20 1320
14 4 770 5/8" 30 2062
16 5 1000 3/4" 45 2970
18 7 1275 7/8" 75 4042
20 10 1570 1" 90 5279
22 12 1900 1 1/8" 126 6681
24 14 2265 1 1/4" 172 8248
27 16 2965 1 3/8" 230 9980
30 22 3670 1 1/2" 300 11877
33 30 4545 1 5/8" 380 13939
36 40 5555 1 3/4" 475 16166
39 50 6410 1 7/8" 580 18558
42 60 7145 2" 705 21115
45 75 8335 2 1/8" 845 23836
48 90 9375 2 1/4" 1005 26723
52 110 10580 2 3/8" 1180 29775
56 140 12500 2 1/2" 1375 32991
60 170 14165 2 5/8" 1600 36373
64 200 15625 2 3/4" 1830 39920
68 250 18382 2 7/8" 2090 43631


CONVERSION FACTORS   lbs.ft to kgf.m .......... multiply by 0.138
kgf.m to lbs.ft ....... multiply by 7.23   kg to lbs ..................... multiply by 2.2
N.m to kgf.m ...... multiply by 0.102   lbs to kg ................... multiply by 0.45



The quantity of CHOCKFAST required is the volume of the chocks plus their overpours. The second section of this bulletin, "Application Instructions - Marine", explains the overpours. It is advisable to order an extra 10% to allow for chock thickness variations and wastage. Damming foam, mixing blades, sealing putty, release agent and non melt grease are also available from ITW Philadelphia Resins. CHOCKFAST is packaged in premeasured units of resin and hardener as follows:

3.4kgs (7.5lbs) and 6.8kgs (15lbs)
1966cc (120in³) and 4261cc (260in³)

5kgs (11lbs) and 21.8kgs (48lbs)
3064cc (187in³) and 13372cc (816in³)


Engine weight 75,000kg 150,000lbs(A)
Bolts 18 pieces M42 1 3/4"
Engine weight x 2.5 187,500kg 375,000lbs
Each bolt tension / 18 10417kgf 20834lbs
Minimum permitted tension 7145 kgf 16166lbs
Therefore bolt requirements are satisfied
Minimum chock area 75,000 / 7 = 10715 cm² 150,000 / 100 = 1500in²
Assume 18 chocks, each chock 596cm² 83.4in²
Bolt hole area 16cm² 2.76in²
Assume chock projects under engine 19.5cm 7 3/4"
Chock length (596 + 16) / 19.5 = 31.5cm (83.4 + 2.76) / 7.75 = 11 1/8"
Each chock is 315 x 195 mm 11 1/8" x 7 3/4"


Application Instructions - Marine



These instructions apply to normal CHOCKFAST installations on steel foundations, where the chock thickness are within the ranges:

CHOCKFAST ORANGE 12mm-70mm (1/2" - 2 3/4")

CHOCKFAST GRAY 12mm-50mm (1/2" - 2")

Outside these ranges please consult your CHOCKFAST distributor for guidance.


  1. CHOCICFAST ORANGE. Calculate from the chock Plan the amount required based on 1966 cc (120 cu-in.) per 3.4 kg (7 lb.) unit, 4260 cc (260 per 6.8 kg (15 lb.) unit. Have an extra 10% available for chock thickness variation, accidental loss, etc. CHOCKIFAST GRAY Calculate from the chock plan the amount required based on 3065 cc (187, or 13374 cc (816 for the two unit sizes. Have an extra 10% available for chock thickness variation, accidental loss, etc.
  2. Damming materials:
    a. flexible damming
    b. metal front dams
    c. sealing compound
    d. contact adhesive where necessary
  3. PR-225 Aerosol release agent.
  4. No melt Grease.
  5. Heavy duty hand electric drill with an operating speed of 200 rpm.
  6. ITW Philadelphia Resins mixing blade, and spare.
  7. Surface thermometer. An immersion thermometer is also useful.
  8. Eye shields or goggles.
  9. Slitting knife.
  10. Protective gloves.
  11. PRT-59 or other suitable solvent for cleaning mixer blade and spillage.
  12. If the steel temperature is below 13C (55F), have sufficient heaters available to raise it above 15C (60F).


  1. Check that all materials are available.
  2. Try to store the resin and hardener at 20C-25C (68F-77F) for at least the last 12 hours before use. This ensures the most suitable mixing and pouring viscosity.
  1. The machine's alignment should be correct and all bolt holes should have been drilled. If they have not, core the hole through the chock space and bedplate with a wooden plug or Armaflex tubing,
  2. Clean all surfaces that the CHOCKFAST will contact. They should be free from oil grease, water, rust or paint in poor condition. A good coat of primer is acceptable.


  1. The picture sequence shows the general damming Procedure. Follow the dimensions given on the chock plan for the particular machine.
Fig. 1 : Trim Foam to Proper Height
  1. The bolt holes, except for fitted bolts, should preferably be plugged with Armaflex or wooden dowels. Alternatively the bolts may be in place with the nuts finger tight. Whatever is used to core the hole must be well coated with non-melt grease.
Fig. 2 : Insert Damming per Chocking Plan



  1. Fitted bolts should be sprayed with PS-225 Release Agent and installed.
Fig. 3 : Plug Bolt Holes (with well greased plugs) Spray Chock Zone (with thin film of release agent)
  1. Attach the front dam so that the overpour width and height will be within the limits shown. This is important.
Fig. 4 : Tackweld Front Dam. Insert Overpour Damming Components.
  1. Make sure all potential leaks are well sealed. It is easier to prevent leaks before the resin is poured than to stop them afterwards.
Fig. 5 : Seal Front Dam at Bottom. Spray its Inside Face with Release Agent.
  1. Measure chock thickness and the temperature of the engine bed and foundation.
Fig. 6 : Checkpoints - Chock height, foundation temperature


  1. Ensure that all damming is complete.
  2. For CHOCKFAST ORANGE only, decide from the graph the amount of hardener to be used.
  3. Bring the resin and hardener from storage.
  4. Put on gloves and eye protection.
  5. Add the hardener to the resin can. power mix at about 200rpm, certainly not over 500rpm, for 3 minutes using the mixing blade recommended by your distributor. Keep the blade submerged and traversing the can. Make sure the bottom of the can is scoured
  6. Pour the resin as soon as possible after mixing. Do not scrape out the residue from the can sides and bottom..
Fig. 7 : Mix Resin and Hardener for 2-3 minutes.
Fig. 8 : Pour Into Lower End



  1. Leaks can start at any time while the resin is still liquid. So, do not leave the machine until all the chocks have gone hard.
  1. Make sure the temperature is at least 13C (55F), use heaters if necessary, and leave the chocks to cure. Allow at least the following time:
    13C - 18C (55F - 65F) 48 hours
    19C - 21C (66F - 70F) 24 hours
    Above 21C (70F) 18 hours
  1. When satisfied sufficient cure has taken place, remove the heaters, if used. Allow the chocks to come to ambient temperature.
  2. Remove the front dams. Take the sharp edge off the overpour.
  3. Release the jack screws, wedges or other alignment supports.
  4. Tighten the hold down bolts to the desired tension or torque.
  1. Fit the measuring pins if alignment is critical.


Under some circumstances a reduced amount of hardener is used. Refer to Bulletin 693, excerpted below, or consult a Chockfast distributor for guidance. Because there are so many variables in chock size, chock thickness, metal temperature, heat sink, etc., it is advantageous to condition the resin to 20C - 25C (68F - 77F). The decision on exactly how much hardener to use is to be made by the technician in charge. Bulletin 693 and the graph below are a guide only.

For chocks less than 20mm (3/4") thick always use full hardener. For chocks less than 12mm (1/2") or chocks that must be poured in layers consult a Chockfast Distributor for advice. Always use maximum hardener with Chockfast Gray.






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