Digital transformation, renewable energies and efficiency in steam and gas power generation will be the hot topics discussed at Electrify Europe by engineering company Voith.
In particular, the German company will be tackling the subject of ‘Smartening up your productivity to the next level’ by focusing on various technologies for more efficient drivelines.
Voith says its BHS AeroMaXX technology for parallel-shaft gear units enables operators “to reduce power loss and oil consumption by up to 30 per cent”.
It minimizes losses by separating lubrication and cooling while no additional accessories are needed due to its passive mechanical construction. Such losses usually appear at high-pitch line velocities of up to 200 meters per second when the oil swirls and squeezes into the gear mesh. The BHS AeroMaXX technology consisting of a special inner gearbox casing and optimized bearings is designed for easy retrofitting for existing gear units.
SmartSet torque limiting couplings help to protect drivelines from torque overloads. The coupling slips when the rated torque is exceeded and limits the torque between the generator and the turbine if a fault occurs. The special controlled slip feature of SmartSet enables the coupling only to disconnect the drive in rare event of a driveline major failure. Optionally the SmartSet can be fitted with Voith’s Coupling Monitoring System (CMS) that provides real-time status information and analyses for operators.
The original Voith Hirth couplings can be used between gas turbine disks or as a connection between impeller and pinion shaft. They connect and position shafts, wheels, disks and cranks in many areas of mechanical engineering where highest precision is demanded. The Hirth couplings can be tailored to each drive system individually.
The VECO-Drive is a variable speed drive that combines the superior reliability of mechanical gears with the high efficiency of frequency-controlled servo motors. Thanks to the electro-mechanic superimposing principle the VECO-Drive increases compressor or pump drive efficiency up to 97 per cent. Due to its modularity the VECO-Drive can be also configured individually for different application types, speed levels and explosion protection classes.
VoreconNX is a reliable planetary gear for compressors and pumps in steam applications increasing efficiency by up to eight per cent. It helps the power industry to save both total costs of ownership and life cycle costs.
With the Voith remote service data helmet, operators can easily receive equipment information from a centralized Voith specialist and exchange details via pictures, drawings and sketches. Since there is no need for the expert to be present at site, operators can save time and money by identifying issues via a digital application. The worker at site is therefore able to act like the extended arm of the expert and will be guided by him accordingly. Furthermore, the equipment can be used to assist repairs, measurements and individual trainings. The overall functionality of the helmet can be experienced live at the Voith booth for the first time.
Gas turbines, steam turbines and compressors achieve exceptional efficiency and operational reliability when using actuators, protection equipment and control systems from Voith. The SelCon self-contained actuator is a linear, electrohydraulic drive without external oil supply. It convinces due to its compact, cost-effective drive with a high force density.
The system integration is easy and commissioning can be realized quickly which is also ideal for retrofitting. The SelCon offers good dynamics and control loop performance with position control via a servo pump. Additionally it is equipped with an integrated fail-safe function.
TurCon DTc is a compact and cost-effective steam turbine controller which ensures a highly reliable operation of power plants. This controller is “pre-engineered” with software and the operation of the user interface is intuitive. It suites to steam turbines of all power classes and allows simple, fast and cost-effective system integration with various communication interfaces.
You can see and discuss all these technologies by visiting Voith at booth A-S10. For more details and to register for Electrify Europe click here.