BUMAX provides critical screws to a leading global wind turbine manufacturer

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BUMAX® 88 screws are used on a new type of offshore wind turbine and ensure a long design lifespan and reduced maintenance through excellent corrosion and fatigue resistance.

High customer demands

The customer required a fastener solution to secure the wind turbine magnets on a new 6MW off-shore wind turbine model. A long design lifespan solution was required – ideally with no maintenance for several decades as part of a low-maintenance contract.

As the magnets cannot be entirely protected from the elements and the marine environment, a screw with excellent corrosion resistance was required. When in operation, the wind turbine magnets are also subjected to combined axial and radial forces, which puts high fatigue demands on the magnet screws.

The BUMAX solution

BUMAX® 88 M20x75 screws are a standard BUMAX® product that was thoroughly tested for this particular wind turbine magnet fastening application prior to use. Each turbine uses 720 BUMAX® screws to secure the turbine magnets in place.

BUMAX® 88 screws have excellent corrosion and fatigue resistance compared with other carbon and stainless steel fasteners – to meet the customer’s low maintenance requirements. The reliable and high-quality nature of BUMAX® 88 is also very important for fatigue resistance, as well as galling resistance compared with normal stainless steel screws that typically have galling issues.

As of February 2019, the customer has purchased screws for 66 turbines, with orders for a further 236 turbines to be installed in Europe and the US by the end of 2020.

BUMAX customer collaboration

Standard BUMAX® 88 screws were developed over 10 years in cooperation with a screw securing systems company and the main BUMAX® distributor in France. Tests by the customer and BUMAX have shown exceptional results with the BUMAX® 88 screws coping with 100 million cycles.

Customer benefits

Cost savings
The BUMAX® screws will realize cost savings for the customer through lower maintenance costs and less turbine downtime. The 300+ turbines installed and ordered, as well as future turbines, will lead to significant global savings for the customer in the coming decades.

Environmental benefits
Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and retains its original physical properties when recycled. This recyclability reduces the use of virgin material and lifecycle carbon emissions.

Safety benefits
The low maintenance requirements will reduce the need for offshore wind turbine maintenance teams to conduct potentially dangerous screw replacement tasks.

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