Contamination Control for Wind Turbine Gearboxes

Due to the high cost of replacing a failed gearbox up-tower, not to mention production losses, it’s no surprise that wind turbine manufacturers and operators alike have a keen interest in gearbox reliability. And while lubricant formulation has been a major focus of lube suppliers, controlling contaminants in a lubricant, such as particles and moisture, can have a significant effect on gearbox life and so has received significant attention in the wind industry. Mark Barnes, Des-Case Vice President of Reliability Services, recently wrote an article for Windpower Engineering & Development magazine focusing on the unique challenges presented by gearboxes in wind turbines.


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