Posters - WindEurope Annual Event 2022 in Bilbao


Come meet the poster presenters to ask them questions and discuss their work

Check the programme for our poster viewing moments. For more details on each poster, click on the poster titles to read the abstract. On Wednesday, 6 April at 15:30-16:15, join us on Level 3 of the Conference area for the Poster Awards!

PO216: "Find, fix and eliminate" approach improved by load sensing, leading to increased service life of main shaft

Raf Kerkhofs, Manager O&M and Digitalization, SKF


Keeping the cost of operations (OPEX) as low as possible is important to be competitive on the energy market. One of the main contributor to these cost is the reliability of major components such as the mainshaft. For this reason, SKF has developed inhouse capabilities to repair, upgrade and improve the actual service life of the mainshaft component. To get maximum service life of the bearings inside the wind mainshaft, it’s very important to understand the actual operational condition by getting the real loads from the turbine mainshaft bearings. To get these actual operational conditions, a sensor roller bearing has been developed. This is a bearing with hollow rollers incorporating sensors to measure load, temperature and speed from inside of the bearing.

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