Wind Turbine Maintenance

We noticed a knocking sound from our wind turbine and thought it might be a disk rubbing on the stator but the problem turned out to be the nuts that were holding on the blade assembly. Two had disappeared and of the two that were left only one was tight. There is no chance to see if the missing nuts fell anywhere near the mast as the ground is well covered with snow at the moment.

Working the Tirfor
Miriam working the Tirfor

Wind Turbine

Wind Turbine
Missing nuts


Wind Turbine
You can see in this photo that the holes are a bit gouged out by the movement of the blade assembly.
Wind Turbine
The hole on the right is a bit ovaled.
Wind Turbine
The washers were all dished.

The tail is a bit of an experiment and the turbine has been flying with it since November. It’s heavy gauge plastic coated corrugated sheeting, dimensions are 98x72cm and it is around the same weight as the recommended plywood tail. It seems to be furling on time but could be a bit bigger for holding the turbine better into the wind.
Wind Turbine tail

Wind Turbine
We used bits of aluminum as washers to try and stop the bolts from splitting the sheeting which could be a problem because of vibration but so far all looks well.

One Reply to “Wind Turbine Maintenance”

  1. We use both the spring rings washers type and locktight. you have to make sure the surface is completely clean of oil etc before applying it. I also think that one reason for loosing the nuts, may be extra vibrations in the blades and may be some wobble of the blades due to imperfect magnet disk parallelism. sometimes disk are not perfectly flat. we test the parallelism of the outer magnet disk and correct with shim on the air gap spacer. Hope it is helpful.

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