Maximize reliability. Minimize cost, downtime, and lost revenue.
Whether we’re helping you improve the design of a component, analyzing the costs and benefits of de-rating a turbine to improve reliability, performing due diligence of a new turbine technology, or analyzing the root cause of a wind turbine gearbox failure—or something else entirely— RBB Engineering brings a deep expertise and experience in wind turbine consulting to the task.
We understand how wind turbines are designed, analyzed, and certified. We’re also well-versed in the conditions that wind turbines operate in and how they fail. In fact, Company President, Rob Budny, spent eight years as mechanical engineering manager at a large wind turbine manufacturer. All our staff are wind turbine engineers, and have firsthand experience designing, manufacturing, and operating wind turbines.
At this initial phase, you need someone to ask the hard questions to be sure the initial design is rock-solid and meets or exceeds the needs of the application.
- Research and assess the track record of your past turbines
- Recommend design specifics to strengthen weak points and overall integrity
- Suggest cost-effective design solutions for long-term reliability
Even the most well designed component is only as good as the manufacturing processes used to produce it. Tolerances can be incredibly small. The steel must be exceedingly clean. Surface hardness and case depth requirements must be met. Strict oversight of the vendor is required to ensure your components will meet expected reliability targets.
- Research potential manufacturers
- Recommend the right manufacturing partner for your particular project
- Oversee the manufacturing process to ensure the product delivered meets all design requirements
Operations & Maintenance
Once your turbines are running, RBB can help you maximize ROI with a thoughtful and considered plan of operation.
- Recommend best practices
- Create a customized maintenance plan and schedule
- Troubleshoot issues as they arise
- Analyze performance for real-time optimization
Root Cause Analysis
When a wind turbine does fail, understanding the cause is crucial to getting to the right solution—and preventing a repeat occurrence.
- Forensic metallurgical analysis
- Research materials, manufacturers and production process
- Create report for OEMs, insurance companies, or financial partners
- Outline specs for replacement
Listen to what our customers say about our wind turbine consulting services:
“RBB Engineering has supported WEG by providing guidance in best practices for the design, specification, and manufacture of wind turbines, which are complex systems that demand multi-disciplinary, cross functional engineering interaction. RBB has already added great value for product development cost reduction, guidance on product development steps, updated metrics and values for conceptual design, and reduction of warranty costs by means of robust qualification procedures and good practices.”
HARAL SERAFINI, WIND TURBINE ENGINEER, WEG ENERGY
“SunEdison has completed several projects in which RBB was a key technical contributor. These have included but not limited to: technical due diligence reviews, system modeling, and material qualification reviews. RBB provides timely responses to our requests for support and we have a candid, collaborative and professional relationship. The work product and deliverables have been diligently completed per the scope of work and provided very good value for the investment. With several projects in the quoting process, we look forward to continuing our working relationship with RBB in 2016 and beyond.”
BOB KIDDER, SR. OPERATIONS ENGINEER, SUNEDISON
Questions? Want to see how we can help you with a wind turbine consulting project? Call us at 707-347-9152 or send us an email.