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Quantifying the value of reducing Transient Loads, utilizing a cost-based FMEA approach
There is ample evidence that many of the most critical and costly wind turbine drivetrain components require either repair or replacement long before reaching their often targeted 25-year life. In particular, gearbox failures persist despite improvements to gearbox design standards, modeling, manufacturing, and load management by the turbine control systems. The failure-inducing effects of transient torsional events, such as emergency stops and other rapid braking Hard Stops, were ﬁrst widely observed in the late 1980s. Yet today, over 25 years later, damage and failures that can be attributed to these events continue to be widely documented.
A Failure Modes and Effects Analysis methodology is presented to evaluate the damage reduction and cost saving potential of adding a device directly into the drivetrain, capable of both damping out high torsional oscillations and limiting loads from torque reversals. Key steps include the identiﬁcation of major failure modes in gearboxes and other components of a wind turbine system that could beneﬁt from a Reverse Torsional Damping device. A Return on Investment (ROI) calculator, utilizing this FMEA analysis, will be presented to show real-world value.
Attendee will learn:
- Why transient loads are a concern for your wind turbine
- A review of the failure modes of major components, related to transient loads
- The value of reducing these loads in your turbines
Doug Herr – VP of Sales and Marketing, AeroTorque Corporation
Doug joined PT Tech in 2007 and has 17 years of industrial experience. He began working in the Wind Industry in 2009, and he was deeply involved in the launch of AeroTorque when it spun off PT Tech in 2013. His early experience in Wind has included significant up-tower work and monitoring of wind turbine drivetrains, working to further develop the unique equipment AeroTorque uses for field data acquisition and field validation of the WindTC torsional control.
Dustin Sadler – Principal Engineer, AeroTorque Corporation
Dustin joined EBO Group in 2011 and AeroTorque in 2013. He has a BS Mechanical Engineering and a MS Engineering Management from Kettering University and brings experience from a variety of backgrounds – Automotive, BioMedical, Industrial, and Heavy Truck. He was the lead design engineer on AeroTorque’s innovative WindTC product and has a patent in process, relating to that work.