In early April 2011, HBM exhibited at Wind Power India 2011, which was organised by WISE (World Institute of Sustainable Energy) and the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers' Association (IWTMA). Along with some 200 exhibitors, HBM displayed its wide range of equipment for wind power industry applications, including torque, force, and strain transducers. In addition, both electrical and optical strain gage variants, along with the MGCplus data acquisition system, were all of great interest to visitors.
During the conference, Dr Andre Schaefer, the Product and Application Manager for Wind Energy at HBM, presented a paper on Demands for Strain, Force and Torque Measurement on Wind Turbines with Regard to Offshore Installations. The presentation focused on tower flanges in particular, and is available on the organiser's website.
HBM also participated in the EWEA European Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition 2011, held earlier in 2011 in Brussels, Belgium. This is Europe's largest show, with some 500 exhibitors.
During EWEA, HBM displayed an extensive range of equipment and systems for various applications in the wind power industry. These included a poster presentation of HBM's nCode software used for predicting the life of wind turbine components entitledFatigue Analysis for Optimized Structural Durability and Improved Condition-Based Maintenance, written by Dr Andrew Halfpenny, the HBM-nCode Chief Technologist.
HBM will continue highlighting its capabilities for wind energy, as well as component and structural testing, at future international wind energy events in Europe, Asia and North America. In addition, HBM will present papers on various technical topics and applications.