Lubrication and condition monitoring for wind power plants

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Basic training (3 days)     new appointments are currently set
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Please note:  This training will be presented in English language!


  • Differences between knowing and interpreting lubricant types
  • Correct selection of the optimal lubricant for an economic and reliable operation of your facilities and machines
  • Extension of oil changing intervals for gear and hydraulic oils
  • Cost reduction and extended oil usage through better filtration and oil care
  • Early recognition of unusual wear and failures
  • Investigation of causes of faliure after breakdowns
  • Extraction of meaningful oil samples
  • Oil analysis in pro-active maintenance
  • Interpretation of lab reports
  • Warning values for evaluation of machine damages and oil condition
  • Advantages and functionality of multigrade hydraulic oils
  • Simplification of amount of sorts of greases in use, optimization of relubrication intervals
  • Warning and limit values for used greases

Target group

  • Maintenance managers and service technicians of wind parks
  • Service technicians, mechanics and service Partners of producers of wind power plants
  • Executives of wind parks in which maintenance and servicing is done by own staff
  • Skilled employees working in construction, service and distribution of wind power plants
  • Distribution engineers and sellers of lubricating oils and greases
  • Producers of full- and partial flow filters for gear and hydraulic oils
  • Suppliers of gears, rolling bearings and components for wind power plants
  • Application engineers working in mobile labs as well as for on-site condition monitoring and fluid management
  • Authorized experts for failure analysis and machine breakdown
  • Technically interested employees who want to extend their knowledge in the areas lubrication techniques and tribology

3-day basic training

Fundamentals of lubrication

  • Basic principles for a formation of a lubricating film (hydrodynamic, hydrostatic, EHD)
  • Most important characteristic values of lubricants(viscosity, viscosity-temperature-behaviour)

Fundmentals of lubricants

  • Mineral oils and synthetic oils in comparison
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the different fluid types and the resulting applications
  • Function and effect of additives, calibration on the applicable bubricant

Gear oils

  • General functions of gear oils
  • Specific lubrication requirements on different gear construction methods, especially planetary gears
  • Standardized gear oils in accordance to gear oil norms
  • Minimum requirements, officially released products of producers, special gear oils
  • Advantages and pecularities in the application of synthetic lubricants

Hydraulic fluids

  • Functions of hydraulik oils as pressure fluids
  • Important parameters for the selection of a suitable hydraulic oil
  • Standardized hydraulic oil types and their areas of application (Mineral oils, biologic oils)
  • Often occuring oil or operational failures at hydraulics and their causes

Lubricants in use

  • Ageing of lubricants
  • Transformations of base oils, oil oxidation
  • Reduction and uptake rate of additives
  • Causes and effects of contaminations
  • Input of external oil and mixture Vermischung
  • Problems and their causes: air and water in oil (foam formation, cavitiation)
  • Mixture and miscibility of oils

Sampling procedure

  • Sampling: Why, when, how, how often, how many?
  • Methods and devices for sampling
  • Information for the lab: Required data, sampling datasheet 
  • Information from the lab: Setup of lab reports
  • Influence of missing information

Analysis methods

  • Methods to determine wear metals, oil condition and contamination
  • Significance and areas of application for the most important testing methods
  • Testing range for routine checks
  • Analysis methods for special questions

Fundamentals for the evaluation of oil analysis

  • Fundamental principles
  • Warning and limit values, trend evaluation
  • Examples from the OELCHECK database for gear analysis of wind power plants

Interpretation of oil analysis lab results  

  • Independent Interpretation of lab reports as group work
  • Interpretation on the Basis of real examples from the database of wind power samples from OELCHECK

Effective usage of online service

  • Sampling data sheets, effective sampling administration
  • Lab reports online
  • Create statistics and graphs
  • „Knowledge from A-Z“

Oil cleanliness and life time

  • Contamination through particles, water
  • As clean as necessary, not as clean as possible: practical cleanliness requirements from different areas of application
  • Actions to secure requirements
  • Filtration
  • Examples and tips


  • Greases: Basic oils, thickener types, additive typical areas of application
  • Norming of grease types
  • Relubrication: How to proceed and relubrication deadlines
  • Important characteristic values of greases
  • Miscibility of greases

Analysis methods for greases

  • Determination of wear metals, basic oil and grease condition, contamination
  • Meaningfulness and areas of application for the most important testing methods
  • Testing range for routine checks
  • Analysis methods for special questions

1-day workshop

Detailed diagnosis of analysis results

  • Independent interpretation of lab reports as group work
  • Interpretation on the basis of real examples from the database of wind power samples from OELCHECK

Grease lubrication of rolling bearings in wind power plants

  • Requirements for greases for the lubrication of rotor-, pitch, azimut- und generator bearings
  • Greases for open gearings
  • Fundamental procedures and important criteria for the selection of a suitable grease
  • Normed grease types and their typical characteristics
  • Areas of application for standardized greases

Commenting of analysis results

  • Independent interpretation of lab reports as group work
  • Interpretation on the basis of real examples from the database of wind power samples from OELCHECK

Examination methods on-site

  • Visual testing methods: evaluation of color changes, cloudiness, suddenly darkening or thickening
  • Possible causes of measureable alterations in dependency of the utilization
  • On-site-measuring, possible equipment and methods and their meaningfulness
  • Online-sensors, their measureing principles, meaningfulness and influences of parasitic Errors
  • Examples for sensors and on-site equipment

5% discount for more than 3 registrations

Services included:

  • Participation in training
  • Hot lunch on all days
  • Coffee/tea and snacks during breaks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages during training
  • Detailed training material, printed and on USB Memory stick
  • Certificate of participation
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