The Challenge of Improving the Efficiency of Wind Turbine Gearbox Visual Inspection

Hanna, Liam; Olympus Europa SE und Co KG; Germany

Hanna, L.G.; Olympus Europa; Germany

ID: ECNDT-0204-2018
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Session: Visual Techniques
Room: R2
Date: 2018-06-15
Time: 11:50 - 12:10

Wind turbines are an efficient and growing source of renewable energy, but due to the complexity of their interior machinery—gearboxes in particular—they need regular inspection to prevent damage, downtime, and even fires. Videoscopes that are used to carry out gearbox inspections need to operate within the extremes of dark, reflective, and oily environments. Under these conditions, maneuverability, smart illumination control, and high-quality optics are critical parameters that help determine the efficiency, speed, and reliability of the inspection. This paper discusses specific solutions that Olympus has developed for this application that are designed to improve the efficiency of gearbox inspection.