Wind Gearing Case Study

Gearing Upgrades Increase WTG Gearbox Life by 3x

We partnered with Sentient Science to quantity the effect of DriveMAX™ enhancements on a European single stage planetary design gearbox to help our customers calculate the value and ROI.

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For decades, we’ve manufactured some of the most precise wind gear sets to keep your gearbox running smoothly and efficiently.  Our ability to manufacture to your exact standards is our core strength and is what we do every day.  We offer some of the best lead times available in North America, and guarantee on-time delivery. So if you need wind gearing manufacturing on a dime, you can count on Brad Foote for superior, precision new and regrind capabilities across all wind gearbox makes and models.

Maximize Gearbox Lifecycle and Dramatically Boost Power Production

Reduction in contact stresses due to geometry changes and improvements in material quality from Brad Foote's DriveMAX™ enhancements led to impressive fatigue performance improvement quantified by DigitalClone® analysis. See the chart below for the results.

 

   


The Results…  

The DriveMAX™ upgrades were shown to:

•Improve the sun gear by a factor of 3X
•Maximize the planetary bearing life by a factor of 1.65x
•This can yield up to 1M additional power production over a 5 year period of extended operations.

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The Gearing Challenge: 
We partnered with Sentient Science to quantity the effect of DriveMAX™ enhancements on a European single stage planetary design gearbox to help our customers calculate the value and ROI.

The Solution:
Together with Sentient Science, we developed DigitalClone prognostic models of the planetary stage to determine the effect on gearbox life due to DriveMAX™ modifications under the same severe Class 1 site operating conditions.

The Results:
Early failures were predicted on the sun gear and planetary bearing. The DriveMAX™ upgrades were shown to improve the sun gear by a factor of 3x and improve the planetary bearing life by a factor of 1.65x.

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Wind Gear Sets Available
 

X = Complete | P = Partial

MAKEMODELDriveMAXTM
BRRGPV-451/451SX
BRRGPV-453X
GETSC1-C5X
GETSSLE + XLEX
Hansen802X
NGCFDM-00R9BX
Moventas1100.2P
Winergy4410.2/.4X
Winergy4390/2/.4X

 

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Brad Foote Gearing helps to power America with the cleanest, most advanced wind energy solutions by upgrading wind turbine gear boxes with upgraded DriveMAXTM gearing components for maximum efficiency and energy output. 

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