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Measurement solutions for the energy industry

Electrical Engineering

22/06/2012

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.

Tests in high-voltage areas
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 and 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 gauges and measuring amplifiers as well as professional catman®AP software for experimental stress analysis. Especially useful for applications in the energy industry, there are many possibilities of optical measurement technology using fiber Bragg sensors—measurement with light. Electromagnetic influences can no longer affect the measurement results.

Wind turbine component tests
Wind energy facilities are exposed to numerous forces and other physical quantities. Therefore, place your trust in safety provided by modern measurement technology for your wind turbine testing. HBM allows you to benefit from products for the entire measurement chain. Ranging from transducers through amplifiers and powerful measurement software. Some examples include: generator efficiency tests using HBM torque transducers; use of transducers and amplifiers for measuring all common physical quantities; electrical testing of high-voltage components implementing the solutions provided by our Genesis HighSpeed product family and physical fatigue tests on blades using optical and electrical strain gauges from HBM.

Torque efficiency 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 analogue 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. HBM's wide range of load cells and weighing indicators offers the right solution for every application, be it for tank weighing or in dynamic weighing processes.  Even in the demanding field of uranium enrichment with high temperature fluctuations, HBM's RTN load cells provide precise and reliable measurement results.

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.

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.

As you can see, 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.

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