Downtime – Way Up in the Sky

Broken Wind Turbine Disc Coupling

Broken Disc from Wind Turbine coupling

When a wind turbine has a coupling failure, it’s a long way up to get a replacement coupling installed.  When a wind turbine has a coupling failure and the coupling OEM is on a different continent, it can mean many weeks of downtime.  This is precisely what happened to a wind turbine fleet owner in West Texas.  They experienced a rash of coupling failures in a short amount of time, and had a very short supply of replacement couplings.  The coupling OEM in Europe gave a lead time of 8-10 weeks, which amounted to a large amount of lost MWh.

CouplingCorp replacement flexible element

CouplingCorp replacement flexible element

Luckily, CouplingCorp was ready to help.  Our engineers analyzed the situation, and examined the broken elements of the original coupling.  Within a couple days, they designed a replacement unit that could be dropped into place.  It even had the ability to take more misalignment than the original unit.

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