Predicting the operating life of bearings through the collection and evaluation of actual operating data

FuturENERGY November 18

Actual operating data offers immense potential for improving wind turbine drive trains’ rolling bearing supports, optimising their operation. Collecting, evaluating and interpreting data makes it possible to more accurately define safety factors and adapt them for new developments. Schaeffler is developing, through its own projects or in collaboration with different partners, new concepts to register variables that can cause damages to bearings. The aim is to detect unfavourable operating conditions and, using an adapted maintenance and operating strategy, prevent these or initiate countermeasures at an early stage.