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Featured Article: Premature Bearing Failures; The Achilles Heel of Gearboxes

Published on July 11, 2017

Wind turbine gearboxes are designed to last 20 years. However, wind operators often experience gearbox failure rates of up to 50% across the lifetime of their fleets. If component fatigue, fretting or wear is caught early enough, an operator can mitigate consequential damage and prevent catastrophic gearbox failure. If the window of prevention is missed, however, the operator can incur costly repairs between $200,000-$500,000 for just the gearbox system. This includes a minimum of two weeks of lost revenue from asset downtime, the cost of the gearbox replacement, and additional crane and labor costs.

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Sentient Scientist Wins Al Sonntag Award

Published on June 05, 2017

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers has recognized Sentient Science's Harpal Singh, Ph.D., for his research paper on solid lubricants.

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Data Collection & Analysis - Key Ways to Reduce Failures

Published on June 05, 2017

By Josh Fausset, Director of Customer Success at Sentient Science

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U.S. Windpower: Looking into the future of Wind Energy at AWEA Windpower 2017

Published on June 01, 2017

Authored by Matt Smith, Sentient Science Marketing 

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'How to Make Sense of Your Data' Common Theme at AWEA Windpower '17

Published on May 30, 2017

Digitalization. Big data. Data analytics. Efficiency.

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How Wind Loads Impact Turbine Life

Published on April 21, 2017

Wind turbines operate by converting the kinetic energy in wind to mechanical power. The power produced is connected to a power grid which is used to power appliances, homes, industrial buildings, offices, electrical equipment, vehicles, etc.

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Mitigate Costly Main Bearing Failures with New DigitalClone Live Capabilities

Published on April 20, 2017

Main bearings deployed in the field may fail after 6 to 10 years of operation, leading to costly $150,000 to $300,000+ replacements. If an operator experiences multiple main bearing failures in a budget year, that can bleed heavily into profit margins.

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Why Don’t Gearboxes Last Their Design Life of 20 years?

Published on April 05, 2017

 

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Sentient Science to Present Solution for Main Bearing Failures

Published on February 14, 2017

Main bearings have high radial load capacities and an advanced tolerance for large misalignment. However, most main bearings still fail prior to their 20-year design life. 

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Testing the Digital Gearbox

Published on February 03, 2017

Computational testing tools promise to save designers of rotorcraft transmissions physical testing time and money, and make  Health and Usage Monitoring Systems more reliable

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