Mitigating turbine downtime with proper lubricant care

By Michelle Froese By Michelle Froese | Senior editor
Windpower Engineering & Development
Proper lubrication is fundamental to wind-turbine component reliability, and implementing the right lubrication strategy can help deliver long-term results.
Oil has been called the “lifeblood” of a wind turbine, and for good reason. Proper lubrication mitigates friction between key components, such as the bearings in a gearbox, and keeps a turbine running reliably. What is less well known is that lubricants also help control equipment temperature and transport dirt and other debris away from the friction surface.
To endure the variable load, speed, and temperature conditions under which gearboxes operate, regular oil analysis and

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