The following article, authored by KCF Technologies employee Christopher Shannon, was published on RenewableEnergyWorld.com on August 8, 2013.
Wind turbines can, and do, fail. And, when they do fail, they do so
in spectacular fashion. A quick search on YouTube for “wind turbine
failures” yields numerous videos of exploding wind turbines, wind
turbines on fire, or involved in other high-stress calamities.
wireless vibration sensor
mounted on a wind turbine
Furthermore, by using the vibration monitoring information to indicate when maintenance activities need to be performed the operator can reduce unnecessary maintenance and shutdowns, enabling additional significant savings to be realized. First, let us look at five specific phenomenon that vibration monitoring may detect to avoid excessive downtime or failure. Then, we will take a look at the potential value of wireless vibration monitoring on a hypothetical fleet of 100 turbines. Finally, a real-world use case will be discussed. Read the rest of the article on RenewableEnergyWorld.com.
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