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Energy

Tribology as the key to efficient energy management

Friction reduction as a tool for enhancing energy efficiency, wear reduction for increasing the service life and functional condition monitoring of operating fluids for optimised maintenance intervals - these are the benefits of tribological solutions in the area of power generation

Energy saving begins where energy is transformed into electrical power. Wherever electrical power is generated, there are systems in motion. Every kind of movement generates friction, wear and fatigue, which in turn result in efficiency losses and other material failures. Tribology makes a significant contribution when it comes to the holistic optimisation of both the energy yield and the material durability. Our methodology offers approaches and answers to the challenges faced by the manufacturers and operators of power plants.

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Wind Energy

Examples of tribological challenges
  • Avoidance of bearing damages by optimising lubricants and materials on the basis of tribometry
  • Lifetime lubrication, fatigue strength, surface optimisation and lubricant selection for long-lived bearings
  • Avoidance of fretting damages
  • Friction and wear of transmission oils
  • Increased efficiency through reduced friction
  • Functional condition monitoring: monitoring the lubricants' condition, analysing the performance of used oils 

Relevant standards and specifications

ISO 19291 / DIN 51834-2 / DIN 51834-3 / DIN 51834-4 / DIN 51834-7 / ASTM D6425 / ASTM D7421 / ASTM D8316 / ASTM D8227 / ASTM WK71194 / Q/SY 1495-2012

Generators

Examples of tribological challenges
  • Increased efficiency through reduced friction
  • Protecting moving components against wear
  • Functional condition monitoring
  • Checking the performance of used oils (increase of the useful life and maintenance intervals)
  • Wear reduction and scuffing resistance between pistons and cylinders

Relevant standards and specifications

ISO 19291 / DIN 51834-2 / ASTM D6425 / ASTM D7421 / CEC TDG-L-116 / ASTM G181 / MBN 10474 / ASTM D8227

Tribometers / Equipment Options

  • Oscillation standard appliance
  • Rotation unit
  • Dynamic load unit
  • Tilting mechanism
  • Fluid pump
  • High temperature unit
  • Option for measuring the electrical resistance
  • Noise emission measurement
  • Online wear measurement
  • Triboprofiling (Software)
  • Tribological hydrogen measuring cell 
  • X-AT Special SRV®5 
  • Fluid pump
  • Option for measuring the electrical resistance 
  • Noise emission measurement
  • Online wear measurement
  • Liquid bath
  • Online wear measurement