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SKF Corporation | Date: 2016-11-02

A railcar adapter for connecting a railcar body to a bearing is provided. The railcar adapter includes an adapter body having two lateral channels each delimited by a pair of opposed lugs adapted to cooperate with the railcar body, an inner surface acting as a bearing seat for the bearing and an outer surface in radial contact with the railcar body. The inner surface includes at least one central groove located on a first axis of symmetry of the railcar adapter emerging in each lateral channel. The inner surface further provides a second central groove located on a second symmetry axis of the railcar adapter, perpendicular to the first symmetry axis.


Patent
SKF Corporation | Date: 2016-11-02

Railcar adapter for connecting a railcar body to a bearing providing an adapter body having two lateral channels each axially delimited by a pair of opposed lugs and a lateral surface perpendicular to the opposed lugs, each lateral channel being adapted to cooperate with the railcar body. The railcar adapter further provides swivelling means allowing swivelling of the railcar adapter relative to the railcar body.


Patent
SKF Corporation | Date: 2016-11-02

Railcar adapter, for connecting a railcar body to a bearing, having a bearing seat side secured to the bearing and a frame seat side mounted in a bogie frame of the railcar body is provided. The railcar adapter includes a top cover in contact with the railcar body, forming the frame seat side, a bearing seat adapted to be mounted on the bearing, forming the bearing seat side and at least one damping element located between the top cover and the bearing seat.


Patent
SKF Corporation | Date: 2017-05-17

Railcar adapter for connecting a railcar body to a bearing (16) comprising an adapter body having two lateral channels (40, 42) each axially delimited by a pair of opposed lugs (44, 46) and a lateral surface (48, 50) perpendicular to the opposed lugs (44, 46), each lateral channel (40, 42) being adapted to cooperate with the railcar body. The railcar adapter comprises swivelling means (52, 54) allowing swivelling of the railcar adapter relative to the railcar body.


Patent
SKF Corporation | Date: 2017-05-17

Railcar adapter, for connecting a railcar body to a bearing, comprising an adapter body having two lateral channels (14a, 14b) each delimited by a pair of opposed lugs (14c, 14d) adapted to cooperate with the railcar body, an inner surface (30) acting as a bearing seat for said bearing and an outer surface in radial contact with the railcar body, said inner surface (30) comprising at least one central groove (30a) located on a first axis of symmetry (A_(1)) of the railcar adapter (14) emerging in each lateral channel (14a, 14b). The inner surface (30) is provided with a second central groove (30d) located on a second symmetry axis (A_(2)) of the railcar adapter (14), perpendicular to said first symmetry axis (A_(1)).


Patent
SKF Corporation | Date: 2017-05-10

The invention relates to a method for producing a cage (1) of a roller bearing, wherein the cage comprises a base body with a plurality of pockets (2) for rolling elements. To obtain a lightweight but stable cage, the method comprises the following steps: a) Definition of a basis geometry of the cage, wherein the basis geometry comprises a radial outer (3) and/or inner surface for contacting or facing a bearing ring and a plurality of surfaces (5) of the pockets for contacting the rolling elements; b) Definition of at least a part of the radial outer and/or inner surfaces (6) as being unalterable surfaces; c) Calculation of the stress distribution in the cage when applying a defined stress force by means of a mathematical model; d) Definition of volume sections (8) of the cage in which the stress is below a defined threshold; e) Removal of at least a part of the volume sections defined according to above step d) from the basis geometry, taking into account the unalterable surfaces according to step b) and the surfaces of the pockets which are unalterable surfaces; f) Definition of the cage geometry with the removed volume sections; g) Manufacturing of the cage according to the geometry as defined according to step f) by means of a 3-D-printing process.


Patent
SKF Corporation | Date: 2017-05-17

Railcar adapter, for connecting a railcar body to a bearing (12), comprising a bearing seat side secured to the bearing (12) and a frame seat side mounted in a bogie frame of the railcar body. The railcar adapter (20) comprises a top cover (21) in contact with the railcar body, forming the frame seat side, a bearing seat (22) adapted to be mounted on the bearing (12), forming the bearing seat side and at least one damping element (23) located between the top cover (21) and the bearing seat (21).


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: LCE-03-2015 | Award Amount: 13.71M | Year: 2016

The FloTEC project will demonstrate the potential for floating tidal stream turbines to provide low-cost, high-value energy to the European grid mix. The FloTEC project has 5 core objectives: 1. Demonstrate a full-scale prototype floating tidal energy generation system for optimised energy extraction in locally varying tidal resources; 2. Reduce the Levelised Cost of Energy of floating tidal energy from current estimated 250/MWh to 200/MWh, through both CAPEX and OPEX cost reductions in Scotrenewables Tidal Technology; 3. Develop potential of tidal energy generation towards flexible, baseload generation, through the integration of energy storage; 4. Demonstrate the potential for centralised MV power conversion to provide a generic, optimised low-cost solution for tidal arrays; 5. Progress tidal energy towards maturity and standard project financing by reducing cost and risk, improving reliability, and developing an advanced financing plan for first arrays. This will be realised through the construction of a M2-SR2000 2MW turbine - which will incorporate the following innovations: 50% greater energy capture through enlarged rotors with a lower rated speed; Automated steel fabrication; Centralised MV power conversion Integrated Energy Storage Mooring load dampers Composite Blade Manufacturing The SR2000-M2 will be deployed alongside the existing SR2000-M1 at EMEC to form a 4MW floating tidal array, serving as a demonstration platform for commercially viable tidal stream energy as a baseload supply.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ECSEL-IA | Phase: ECSEL-18-2015 | Award Amount: 82.27M | Year: 2016

The goal of EnSO is to develop and consolidate a unique European ecosystem in the field of autonomous micro energy sources (AMES) supporting Electronic European industry to develop innovative products, in particular in IoT markets. In summary, EnSO multi-KET objectives are: Objective 1: demonstrate the competitiveness of EnSO energy solutions of the targeted Smart Society, Smart Health, and Smart Energy key applications Objective 2: disseminate EnSO energy solutions to foster the take-up of emerging markets. Objective 3: develop high reliability assembly technologies of shapeable micro batteries, energy harvester and power management building blocks Objective 4: Develop and demonstrate high density, low profile, shapeable, long life time, rechargeable micro battery product family. Objective 5: develop customizable smart recharge and energy harvesting enabling technologies for Autonomous Micro Energy Source AMES. Objective 6: demonstrate EnSO Pilot Line capability and investigate and assess the upscale of AMES manufacturing for competitive very high volume production. EnSO will bring to market innovative energy solutions inducing definitive differentiation to the electronic smart systems. Generic building block technologies will be customizable. EnSO manufacturing challenges will develop high throughput processes. The ENSo ecosystem will involve all the value chain from key materials and tools to many demonstrators in different fields of application. EnSO work scope addresses the market replication, demonstration and technological introduction activities of ECSEL Innovation Action work program. EnSO relates to several of the Strategic Thrusts of ECSEL MASP. EnSO innovations in terms of advanced materials, advanced equipment and multi-physics co-design of heterogeneous smart systems will contribute to the Semiconductor Process, Equipment and Materials thrust. The AMES will be a key enabling technology of Smart Energy key applications.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: LCE-07-2016-2017 | Award Amount: 4.40M | Year: 2016

In this project we will design, build and test an innovative Direct Drive Power Take-Off (PTO) solution for tidal turbines. The consortiums aim in this project is to reduce the lifetime cost of tidal power by 20%, demonstrated by accelerated life testing of a next-generation tidal turbine power take-off (PTO) solution. Project outputs will be independently verified, and will enable: 1. Improved performance: 20% Lifetime Cost of Energy improvement over a conventional PTO 2. Improved reliability: extending service intervals from less than 1 year to over 2 years 3. Verified survivability: PTO design lifetime greater than 20 years The results will be disseminated and exploited to maximise the benefit of this project to the ocean energy sector, and to raise investor and market confidence in the emerging tidal energy industry. In order to verify the technology, we will conduct accelerated onshore and in-sea testing of a prototype PTO and achieve third party validation of the design and the test results. In parallel we will develop a commercialisation strategy for selling and licensing the product to tidal energy technology developers, and explore potential uses outside the tidal sector, such as wave power and marine propulsion. The project is led by Nova Innovation, a world-leading tidal energy technology and project developer. Project partners are: SKF, Siemens, The University of Edinburgh, Delft Technical University, Wood Group and the Center for Wind Power Drives RWTH Aachen University. This proposal is being submitted to the call LCE-07-2016-2017: Developing the next generation technologies of renewable electricity and heating/cooling, and is perfectly aligned with the scope of the call: to increase the performance and reliability of ocean energy subsystems.

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