Torque transducers meet challenges in latest generation wind power plants

HBM has developed a comprehensive range of customized torque transducers with both rotating and non-rotating designs and nominal torques of up to 1.5 MN·m that ensure the latest generation of wind turbine plants can perform optimally.

Wind power plants are increasingly being developed, particularly for offshore applications, which pose new challenges to measurement technology.

The expansion of wind technologies is critical in providing regenerative energy and torques require accurate measuring and careful monitoring to ensure maximum efficiency. Optimizing the torque increases the efficiency of a wind power plant; efficiency increases of just a few percent can result in savings worth millions.

Rotors of wind power plants rotate relatively slowly with the speed being increased by gears to appropriate values for the downstream generator. This then converts the wind energy into electrical energy.

This process means that torques, particularly on the rotor side, are extremely high. Torques in the range of several MN·m can occur depending on the plant and wind conditions.

As a measurement technology specialist, HBM has also developed designs for even higher torques that can be quickly supplied when required by customers.


About HBM:
HBM (www.hbm.com) is a globally operating company specializing in test and measurement. HBM provides complete measurement solutions - from sensor to software - based on high quality products as strain gages, load cells, tranducers, signal conditioning and data acquisition electronics and software.

With development and manufacturing operations in Europe, America and Asia, HBM provides measurement solutions to a wide variety of companies in the automotive, aerospace, marine, rail transport, medical equipment, packaging, appliance, automation, and scale industries.

With a 50 year history of quality and precision products, the HBM name has become synonymous with "Measurement with Confidence.

Founded in Germany in 1950, HBM is today the technology and market leader in the field of test and measurement. HBM's product range comprises solutions for the entire measurement chain, from virtual to physical testing. The company has production facilities in Germany, USA and China and is represented in over 80 countries worldwide.

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October 2011

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