“Smart” materials turn turbine connectors into sensors

By Michelle Froese By Benjamin Müller, Head of Industrial Anti-vibration TechnologyEFFBE GmbH
Benjamin Müller
It is no secret wind turbines must withstand harsh conditions, including fluctuations in temperature and humidity, and vibrations from changes in wind and rotor speeds. For the components that make up a turbine, such as the bearings, gearbox, brakes, and blades, durability and reliability are essential to a developer’s bottom line. The same holds true for the smallest components, such as seals, bonds, and connectors, which have an important job of keeping the larger components in place.
A couple loose connectors, such as those that support gearbox mountings or a turbine’s drive-shaft

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