Years in a heartbeat - How Fraunhofer uses EtherCAT DAQ in pitch bearing testing

With the ever-growing pressure to reduce the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) in the wind industry, asset reliability is becoming a primary focus for wind farm owners and operators. Download our free case study to learn why a German research institute designed a giant hexapod-style test bench that produces forces in 6+1 degrees of freedom based on Gantner Instruments EtherCAT measurement technology.



Discover how Fraunhofer Institute of Wind Energy Systems (IWES) aims to reduce the development costs and yield losses associated with operating 10+ MW wind turbines and why they chose Gantner Instruments DAQ for the job.

By reading this case study, you will learn:

  • What are pitch bearings, and why are they important?

  • How pitch bearing failures impact reducing the LCOE

  • Example for simulated testing of large-diameter pitch bearings

  • Advantages of 3-wire quarter-bridge circuits and Online Compensation Signal (OCS)

  • Why the A146 delivers an optimum cost-performance ratio

Download our free case study and see why Gantner Instruments was the preferred DAQ supplier for advanced research into large-diameter pitch bearing testing.