GMP Friction Products, based in Ohio, USA, has announced the development of new high-speed friction brake materials for use in wind energy turbines.
Working with wind turbine manufacturers and the suppliers to the OEM market, GMP has developed friction parts for brakes designed to more efficiently and reliably stop the wind turbine blades in the case of emergency or for maintenance.
“While the brakes themselves are a very small component in the entire wind turbine system, it is critical that they can meet the specific needs for the high energy wind market,” stated Jerry Lynch, President and COO of GMP Friction Products. “Our brake friction materials are more efficient and have a longer life which means fewer service requirements.”
A high energy test, developed specifically for the wind market, has been successfully conducted using both the GMP Friction Products’ in-house dynamometers and third party dynamometers for equivalent energy, torque output, coefficient of friction and wear rate, states the company. Field testing has also been conducted using the new brake material.
GMP Friction Products manufactures a range of sintered friction brakes and clutch plates for wind turbine applications. These friction clutches and brakes are designed for use with either dynamic or static friction applications, depending upon the need of operation.
GMP Friction Products will be attending WindPower 2012, hosted by the American Wind Energy Association, June 3-6 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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