Water contamination causes big problems in hydraulic systems and gearbox machinery on wind turbines. A manufacturer of filtration equipment has developed the T.R.A.P. (Thermally reactive advanced protection) breather as a way to prevent moisture buildup in such equipment. “The unit works by removing atmospheric moisture when air enters the reservoir or gearbox,” says Director of Engineering Marty Barris with developer Donaldson Co., Minneapolis. “The Trap self generates during reservoir breathing cycles. This lets it last longer, lowers its maintenance, and reduces replacement costs.”
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