Pitch bearings spend long periods in a fixed position. When they do move, the motions are small in amplitude and low in speed. These conditions present challenges in developing lubricant films in the bearing, which can result in premature failure. Other issues include insufficient system stiffness and manufacturing quality defects. What can an owner do to prevent pitch bearing failures?
In this webinar, Rob Budny from RBB Engineering, along with Dave Johnson and Dave VanLangevelde from Kaydon will discuss why pitch bearings fail, and what steps owners can take to extend the life of their pitch bearings.
Rob Budny, President, RBB Engineering
Rob Budny is president of RBB Engineering, a consultancy providing services to the wind turbine industry. He is a mechanical engineer, with 20 years of total experience and 11 years in the wind industry. Rob spent 8 years at a large wind turbine OEM where he led the mechanical engineering function. He is the co-author of a scientific paper on wind turbine bearing axial crack failures that won the 2015 STLE Bisson award for best published paper in the previous year.