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Novel Methodology for Induction Hardening Simulation of a Large Pitch Bearing

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Induction hardening is a complex process as multiphysics interactions occur. Due to that, it is also difficult to simulate because an accurate model which considers all the variables is computationally expensive. Thus, the definition of the parameters required for the process is based on the trial-and-error technique, which slows down and gets expensive the components. In this work, a new methodology to simulate the induction hardening process is presented and it is employed to design the induction hardening process required to obtain an adequate hardened layer in a 7 m diameter pitch bearing designed according to the expected requirements for the future wind turbines. The results obtained showed that a scanning inductor with an intensity of 12,000 A, a frequency of 2 kHz and a scanning speed of 6 mm/s meet the requirements. These results were obtained in a reasonable time. Therefore, this work may entail an important milestone towards the implementation of induction hardening simulation in the industry.

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This project has received funding from European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 768772.

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Hidalgo, R., Areitioaurtena, M., Hinojosa, I., Segurajauregi, U., Urresti, I. (2023). Novel Methodology for Induction Hardening Simulation of a Large Pitch Bearing. In: Conte, G., Sename, O. (eds) Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Mechatronics and Control Engineering . ICMCE 2021. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, Singapore.

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