- Liebherr expands its portfolio with single-row tapered roller bearings as main bearings for wind turbines
- The induction-hardened and superfinished raceway surface increases the service life
- Liebherr is a development partner with many years of experience in the manufacturing of slip-free hardened main bearings for various on- and offshore turbines
Turning one into two: The new single-row tapered roller bearings for the main bearing arrangement in wind turbines expand Liebherr’s product range. Two single-row tapered roller bearings find their use in yet another type of wind turbines. Mounted with some distance from each other on the shaft, the single-row tapered roller bearings have a lower moment effect. They are also significantly smaller in design. With these newly developed main bearings, Liebherr is specifically responding to the customer demand.
With the new type of main bearing for wind turbines a fresh wind is literally blowing in Liebherr’s components product segment. For the first time, Liebherr develops and produces a main bearing arrangement, consisting of two single-row tapered roller bearings. Optimum rolling characteristics and ideal force distribution are ensured by the layout and design of the bearing. In addition, the precise rolling elements combined with the narrow manufacturing tolerances of the two single-row tapered roller bearings provide for an exact preloading in the installed condition. Liebherr ensures that the preload is determined during development by finite element calculations, as well as by the dimensional accuracy of the machines in production. The two single-row tapered roller bearings thus enable ideal load distribution.
High complexity in production: inductive hardening process and superfinishing
“Setting the filigree rings in the slip-free hardening process was a challenge,” explains Stefan Milotzke, head of technical sales of the business unit slewing bearings at Liebherr in Biberach (Germany). “Our several years of experience enable us to make a perfectly coordinated adjustment of the four inductors. This is particularly important, because it enables us to meet the high requirements put on the hardening depth and surface hardness,” says Milotzke. Superfinishing further refines the raceway surface: In this process, the surface of the raceway is processed in such a way, that wear, friction and lubrication are optimised. This ensures extremely high surface quality and a longer component service life.
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