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Setting Multi-Attribute Alarms for Wind Turbine Components

Introduction A significant challenge in operating a wind turbine is to know when there is trouble on the horizon. A primary method is to take measurements of various parameters. Turbines are constantly logging attributes such as wind speed and temperatures. Alongside, there are periodic measurements taken, such as gearbox oil samples. These attributes as a…

How to Effectively Use the RULER & Report Antioxidants as Percentage of New Oil

This post is directly related to the effective use the RULER even when you don’t have a new oil reference sample or if you have multiple formulations in your reservoir. Monitoring the health of turbine oil antioxidants is one of the most important tests in determining the Remaining Useful Life of a turbine oil. RULER…

Wind Turbine Gearbox Oil Analysis Strategy

By Greg Livingstone, Amar Pradhan and Mary Moon of Fluitec International *This blog is an excerpt from the Wind Turbine Gearbox Oil Analysis Strategy whitepaper. To receive a copy of the full text, request by clicking here. Wind turbines have the potential to generate enough power to meet growing needs for electricity, diversify sources of…

Thoughts on Interpreting Results for the New ASTM Standard for Varnish Potential

Turbine oil varnish has been a well-documented reliability challenge for power plants. Traditional oil analysis techniques have been ineffective at predicting the onset of deposit problems in turbine oils – often defined as varnish. This has led to the commercialization of several new analytical tests which measures oil degradation products and can be correlated to…

Look beyond the Spec Sheet when Selecting Turbine Oils

Ideally, a power plant selects a turbine oil that provides long life, free of performance problems, clear indicators of when the fluid needs to be changed and is provided by a dependable, knowledgeable supplier. It is more difficult than it appears however to choose such a fluid. The most common turbine oil selection criterion is…

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