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Wind Turbine Field and Test Rig Testing as Part of the Design Process for Gearboxes - September 2014

Frank D. Krull

The article "Wind Turbine Field and Test Rig Testing as Part of the Design Process for Gearboxes" appeared in the September 2014 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

Summary
The growth of worldwide energy consumption and emerging industrial markets demands an increase of renewable energy shares. The price pressure coming from coal, oil, nuclear and natural gas energy - combined with enormous worldwide production capacities for components of wind turbines - make wind energy a highly competitive market. The testing and validation of gearboxes within the test rig and the turbine environment attract a strong focus to the needs of the industry. The following contribution sums up the typical process requirements and provides examples for successful system and component verifications based on field measurements.

Keywords
wind turbine gearboxes, energy, test rigs, gearbox design, gearbox development, gearbox validation

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