GEISLINGER COMPOWIND® COUPLING
The Geislinger Compowind® is based on an innovative concept of light-weight and maintenance free fibre composite membranes. Installed between the rotor and the gearbox, the low-speed misalignment coupling protects the gearbox and the whole drivetrain by significantly reducing the non-torque loads. Therefore, the reliability and life time of the wind turbine increases noticeably. The Geislinger Compowind® is resistant to heat, frost, salt water and oil and offers electrical insulation as an option.
Dynamic loads, rotor overhung, and drivetrain weight cause non-torque loads, which – independent of the concept – are present on three-point and four-point suspensions, integrated drivetrains and gearboxes. Non-torque loads can significantly affect the reliability of the gearbox. It can be expected that the reduction of non-torque loads and the enhancement of the dynamic system behaviour will reduce premature gearbox failures, resulting in reduced gearbox exchange cost and increased energy production. The reduction of operational expenditure (OPEX) over the entire wind turbine life will have a positive impact on the levelized cost of energy (LCOE). A dynamic load study as well as a commercial study done by the CWD (Center for Wind Power Drives, RWTH Aachen) is available on demand.