The recently started European EUROSTARS project TRIBOSS address the challenges of offer a global solution in the market that totally solves the White Etching Crack (WEC) tapered rolling bearing (TRB) failures in wind turbine gearboxes. At the project’s kickoff meeting held on the 17th January 2018 in Castellar del Vallès (Barcelona-Spain) participants set up formally the General Assembly body for the consortium conformed by Fersa Innova S.L.U. (Zaragoza-Spain), Flubetech S.L. (Barcelona-Spain), Fraunhofer IPT (Aachen, Germany) and Holoeye Photonics AG (Berlin, Germany).
During the meeting there was the assistance of members of IK4-Tekniker (Basque Country, Spain) which are acting as subcontracted Research Institution.
The overall aim of Eurostarts TRIBOSS is to reach an innovative approach combining Laser Surface Texturing (LST) and High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS) & DC-Magneton Sputtering (DCMS) to tailoring an unique tribological coating architecture.
Dr. Marlon Cruz, from Flubetech and Chairman of this kickoff, explains the expected impact from TRIBOSS:
““The TRIBOSS project will integrate capabilities of advanced surface engineered solutions from key actors to add value to components and systems which are needing of the high-performance bearings to wind turbines. Those surface engineered solutions include: thermo-chemical heat treatments, laser texturing with LSM and tribological coatings (by using PVD sputtering including novel HiPIMS technologies). I am totally convinced that such kind of novel solutions only are possible from collaborative projects like this EUROSTARTS””