Time and again, oil analysis has proved to be a useful tool in preventing and identifying failures that if left, can lead to expensive replacement of parts, additional maintenance costs and loss of revenue. Current oil analysis practices at most remote wind turbine sights has proven to be useful, but are too infrequent to show a true picture of gearbox health. Various companies have now developed on-line oil analysis equipment to use in wind turbines. This paper highlights some of these technologies, advantages and disadvantages, solutions to installation and results from both laboratory and field trials.
Author: Jack Poley, Condition Monitoring Intl, LLC
Source: Lubrication Excellence Conference Proceedings
Figures and Illustrations: 32
Format: PDF - Digital Download