Understanding Oil Analysis - How It Can Improve Reliability of Wind Turbine Gearboxes
Lubricating oil is the lifeblood of the gearbox. It is required to carry out specific functions in order to keep the gearbox running. In wind turbines, the lubricant is subjected to extreme temperatures, varying load weights and contamination. Lubricant performance deteriorates under these conditions, and thus oil analysis becomes essential to monitor lubricant condition. This paper explains how an effective oil analysis program can increase the reliability and availability of your machinery while minimizing maintenance costs associated with oil change-outs, labor, repairs and downtime.