Wind Turbine Seal Challenge
Because of the wide variation in where wind turbines are located, seals are expected to operate under temperatures between -40°F in the Artic to 140°F as a maximum standard operating temperature. Wind turbines are exposed to UV and ozone, vibration, and high stresses. Wind turbine parts are expected to last for twenty years a considerable challenge for such rigorous conditions, but a challenge that is being met. One area where these issues are being addressed is in the design and retrofitting of seals.
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