Measurement solutions for the energy industry
HBM has developed its extensive range of equipment both for structural analysis and continued performance across all energy sectors including renewable energy, nuclear, oil and gas. This makes HBM the ideal partner for the energy industry whether working onshore or off for any application.
There are many fields of application in the energy industry where HBM measurement technology ensures reliable results—in energy generation as well as in power networks and the development of plants.
Typical applications include:
Measurement data acquisition in high-voltage areas
Tests in high-voltage areas, such as lightning and switching impulse tests place extraordinary demands on the test equipment used. HBM high-voltage products enable reliable measurement data acquisition thanks to electrical isolation, electromagnetic immunity and many other features. The devices have been tried and tested and are used in thousands of applications worldwide. Typical applications include:
- Testing of switching systems, such as switching devices and fuses
- Lightning impulse tests, for example, for testing transformers, surge protectors, isolators and switching systems
- Determination of current zero-crossing.
Durability tests on components
Many structures in the energy industry are subject to high loads: pipelines, power poles or the foundations and towers of wind turbines. Experimental stress analysis is the ideal method to determine stress in materials.
HBM offers a wide range of strain gages and measuring amplifiers as well as professional catman®AP software for experimental stress analysis.
Especially useful for applications in the energy industry: the many possibilities of optical measurement technology using fiber Bragg sensors—measurement with light. Electromagnetic influences can no longer affect the measurement results.
Torque efficiency tests on generators
The demands on the efficiency of generators in all kinds of power plants are increasing dramatically.
Cost pressure and more stringent environmental regulations require knowledge of specific characteristic values reflecting the performance of your generators. HBM is the global market leader in torque measurement—and provides a range of powerful analog and digital torque transducers.
HBM's precise and robust torque transducers are the better choice—in particular in comparison to the indirect torque measurement methods widely used so far.
Weighing technology applications for the energy industry
Whether in gas tanks, with raw materials or in nuclear power plants: Load cells are used in many applications in the energy industry.
Even in the demanding field of uranium enrichment with high temperature fluctuations, HBM's RTN load cells provide precise and reliable measurement results.
System design, test automation
Test strain on your systems and structures already in the design phase!
HBM nCode's professional software solutions enable you to carry out "virtual tests" even before starting the production of prototypes. Save costs and increase your efficiency by performing durability and fatigue analyses already in the development phase. Many users from the energy industry, especially from nuclear and wind energy, rely on HBM nCode solutions.
Wind energy applications
In Wind energy there are versatile applications such as the monitoring of the wind load in the blades of wind turbines in order to increase reliability and availability of wind turbines. The same system can be used to protect the wind turbine from high winds by stopping the machine and turning the blades into a safe position.
Another example for applications in wind energy is power measurement. The mechanical power e.g. of generators needs to be measured accurately with HBM high precision torque transducers according to the standard IEC 60034.
Application reports from the energy industry
Tests at ABB's High Power Laboratory in Ludvika (Sweden) involve subjecting products to extreme stresses. Advanced test and measuring equipment is used, such as the HBM Genesis HighSpeed measuring system.
By utilizing HBM systems, Cummins can now easily meet ABS and ISO requirements while better understanding of performance criteria for its generators.
Chinese engineers have developed an engine monitoring system based on HBM’s GEN2i data acquisition equipment to ensure standby diesels meet enhanced nuclear safety regulations.
HBM supports highly promising growth markets such as wind energy with state-of-the-art measurement technology. Complete solutions are required to increase the efficiency of wind power plants with HBM measurement technology from...
RTN load cells can demonstrate their strengths even in the technically extremely demanding isotope enrichment process.
Several factors have an impact on the quality of measurement results. In some applications galvanic isolation is the key to major improvements. This article presents the different topologies and discusses their advantages and...
How can torque be measured more reliably and efficiently? A well-known manufacturer of test stands for water turbines trusts in a new concept: Instead of using a force transducer to measure torque indirectly through the restoring...
Efficiently generating electric power without polluting the environment becomes increasingly important in times of high commodity prices and growing environmental awareness among consumers.
South African based Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd (PBMR) has selected HBM’s nCode GlyphWorks and ICE-flow Automation software for the analysis and management of test data.
There is still no telling where the challenging problem of energy will lead us. We have a maximum of fifty years before fossil fuels become scarce. Which is why new methods of energy production are being called for and developed.
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Solutions for wind turbine testing
HBM offers many professional solutions for tests in the wind energy industry—during the development of plants, but also for structural tests of existing wind turbines.