Plant & Works Engineering

€10m test rig investment

Published:  05 July, 2007

Hansen Transmissions is investing more than €10m for the completion of a 13 megawatt test rig for the dynamic testing of wind turbine gearboxes.

The new test infrastructure is being installed at the Lommel site in Belgium, where multi megawatt gearboxes are produced for wind turbines.
The test rig will allow the dynamic behaviour of gearboxes to be measured and simulations carried out with overload and faster durability tests. The overload tests can also be carried out on the next generations of multi-megawatt gearboxes. The necessary flexibility is incorporated in order to be able to test different gearbox concepts.

This is not Hansen Transmissions' first step into specialised test equipment. The gear unit producer already has several test rigs in use. The preliminary design of the 13 megawatt test bench is based on concepts that already exist and are proven. "With this project we are producing a unique line and helping the wind energy market take the next step in technological evolution, especially in terms of reliability and optimisation of costs”, says Dr. Ir. Peter Flamang, vice president R&D and Engineering at Hansen Transmissions.

Hansen Transmissions subsidiary in the UK is based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, provides sales and service for industrial and wind turbine gear units. The service facility is available 24/7 and operates globally.

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