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Timken Leads the Way for Wind-Turbine Bearing Testing, Customers to Benefit


8/31/2011 1:00:00 AM | Sustainable Solutions for Wind Energy | Comments | Hans Landin |

(From left to right):  Tom Chiappini, COO & Treasurer, Stark State College; Ward J. Timken, Jr., Timken-Chairman; Doug Smith, Timken-Senior Vice President, Technology & Quality; and, Steve Paquette, President-Stark Development Board break ground on construction of the Americas’ first Wind Energy R&D Center in Canton, Ohio, USA. It’s been a recurring issue … massive, precision-engineered bearing and sealing systems are mission-critical components within wind turbines, but their size and weight make it virtually impossible to test them in real-life operating conditions. Yet, full-scale, in-field simulation testing is exactly what’s needed to improve wind-turbine performance and efficiency and to ultimately, lower operating costs.

Once again, Timken is leading the way. We are helping build a unique Wind Energy Research and Development Center focused on advanced development of bearing systems in wind turbines. This is a university/industry partnership positioned to best utilize academic and applied knowledge and expertise.

When completed approximately one year from now, the 18,000-square-foot, (1672.254 square meters) state-of-the-art facility will be a first. It will allow us to rapidly assess and qualify new solutions for ultra-large bearings, seals, lubrication and condition monitoring in systems that simulate the operating conditions of large, multi-megawatt wind turbines.

Rendering of Timken's new Wind Energy R&D Center, an 18,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility slated for completion by June 2012. We’ll be able to test bearing sizes over 3m, maximum load magnitudes based on 10MW turbine sizes and maximum wind-turbine rotation speeds of 30 RPMs.

This facility will provide unique, sophisticated testing. What that means for you is more reliable, more cost effective, higher-performing products, services and solutions – and ultimately, that means confidence based on peace of mind.

Multi-levels and bays with high ceilings in Timken's new Wind Energy R&D Center will accommodate laboratories, class rooms and ample space for ultra-large-bearing testing. Timken puts it customers at the center of everything we do. Quality is the cornerstone of our brand promise. And we’re focused on continuously advancing energy-efficient, durable performance in virtually every kind of machinery. You’ll see this commitment to quality and innovation proudly proclaimed on Timken.com.

Our investment in the new Wind Energy R&D Center propels these values into action.

We’re committed to engineering excellence, to advancing the wind-energy industry and to you. I’m excited about the possibilities our new Wind Energy R&D Center represents and I look forward to exploring ways to use its advanced capabilities to transform your wind operations.

What UltraWind tapered roller bearing or other large bearing simulation-test data do you look most forward to once Timken’s new Wind Energy R&D Center is fully operational?
 

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