Evaluating the challenges associated with the long-term reliable operation of industrial wind turbine gearboxes

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  • Birmingham University
  • Universidad de Castilla La-Mancha


Wind turbine gearboxes are required to operate under adverse operational conditions over a long service lifetime. Unfortunately, gearbox designers are yet to achieve the reliability anticipated by wind turbine manufacturers and operators. The poor understanding of variable loading conditions has resulted in the majority of wind turbine gearboxes being unable to reach their expected service lifetime of 20-25 years. This has led to an increasing need to investigate the fundamental issues associated with the degradation of wind turbine gearbox materials during operation in order to improve existing designs and optimise future ones. This paper investigates the various challenges that need to be addressed in order to achieve a noteworthy increase in the operational service lifetime of large-scale industrial wind turbine gearboxes.


Original languageEnglish
Article number012094
Number of pages8
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2018
Event1st International Conference on Materials Engineering and Sciences, IConMEAS 2018 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 Aug 20189 Aug 2018