FEA and optimizer find a best design for a turbine bearing seal

An engineering firm that designs seals for wind turbine bearings used finite-element analysis software to simulate the performance of a seal or gasket and then an optimizing package to run through hundreds of design and material possibilities to find a best fit for a wind turbine’s wide operating range. “Reliable designs are what I call

SIMKO 300 seal ring proves itself in wind power facilities

Hydratech Industries, a seal manufacturer for wind power facilities and hydraulic systems, now uses a polyurethane seal from Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies for its new hydraulic accumulator. Test comparisons with other products have shown that Freudenberg-NOK’s SIMKO 300 seal ring offers distinct advantages over frequently used polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) seals with regard to operating life, form stability

Freudenberg-NOK helps seal wind turbines against harsh weather with R 55 seal

Renewable energy, and wind power in particular, is playing an increasingly important role in today’s global energy portfolio. But as new windmills are installed across heartlands and down coasts, the components driving their blades and turbines are exposed to extreme environmental conditions including storms, rain, ice and salt. It goes without saying that service disruptions

Roxtec helps combat humidity and leakage on onshore windfarms

Cable seal manufacturer Roxtec has been selected to supply four onshore windfarm projects for ScottishPower Renewables (SPR). Roxtec seals the cables in the cable trench that connects the windfarm array cables to the substation. Graham O’Hare, Managing Director of Greater Manchester-based Roxtec UK, said the latest agreement reinforced Roxtec’s position as one of the key

SKF axial excluder seals meets the wind-industry challenges

SKF launches the axial excluder seal, especially designed for the wind market,that addresses the harsh conditions that wind turbine main shafts face. The axial excluder seal can deliver significantly extended service life and contaminant protection for increased wind turbine reliability and reduced maintenance costs. Ultimately, the seal can help wind farm operators reduce the risks

Seals let terminated cables easily pass through enclosure walls

Control and equipment designers have struggled to find ways to avoid cutting and reattaching connectors. Roxtec now offers a solution. By selecting the company’s seals, engineers can regain control of design, performance, safety, and costs. The design allows sealing multiple pre-terminated cables in one opening, reducing the risk of EMI and signal loss associated with

Wind farm grouting contractor selected for 108 monopiles in the Irish Sea

FoundOcean has been awarded a major offshore wind farm grouting contract in European waters by Offshore Wind Force, a joint venture of Dutch-based contractors Volker Stevin Offshore and Boskalis Offshore. The West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm is being constructed by DONG Energy and ScottishPower Renewables in the east Irish Sea, approximately 14km from

Slip ring company acquires seal manufacturer

Deublin Co. has acquired Barco Seals of Cary, Ill. Both companies manufacture fluid power components used in a variety of equipment and process industries. Founded in 1908, Barco developed swivels and ball joints for the railroad industry. Over the years, Barco developed and manufactured hundreds of rotating unions, plane, and self-aligning swivel joints. Deublin Co., founded

Modular cable seal fits many diameters

An unusual modular seal fits tightly around cables and lets cables pass through bulkheads.  The developer says the seal  provides a complete safety solution for long-term, cost-effective operational reliability in onshore and offshore wind farms. The Multidiameter seal from Roxtec, is an adaptable sealing device based on a rubber-sealing module that consists of two halves,

Sealing material turns 50. No retirement in sight

From airplanes to spacecraft, prosthetics to wind turbines, and almost everything in between, Turcon performs well for a broad range of applications. This material is a part of—and has made possible—some of the most innovative engineering advancements in the last half-century. Now, on the eve of the PTFE material’s 50th anniversary, its developer, Trelleborg Sealing