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MEYGEN – ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE


TECHNICAL DETAIL


Pitching the blades into the flow increases the torque applied to the transmission shaft and drives the rotation. Opposingly, pitching the blades out of the flow, decreases torque and the turbine slows. In fully feathered position the blades are idled, the nose slows and the system can be brought to rest by the shaft brake.


INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION


As the concept design approached completion the decision was made by Lockheed to have the turbine manufactured in Germany by a specialist company in the marine industry. At this moment the project became international and an ideal fit for coordination by Parker’s Global Energy Team’s Business


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Development Managers on both sides of the Atlantic, Rob Salzer coordinating in the USA and Calum McConnell coordinating and accompanying the project in all phases in Europe. Over a period of 18 months the Parker team worked closely with the Engineers in Lockheed and at the build company in Germany to specify the final Bill of Materials and final hydraulic circuitry. At this stage the variable pitch rotor blades project adopted products from across two continents, 6 countries and 10 Parker manufacturing divisions supplied via Parker sales organisations in Germany and the USA.


PROGRESS


In the summer the variable pitch rotor blades system within the nose of the turbine, moved into the final build phase


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– the assembly and piping up of the hydraulic system components. Most of the pipes were produced and supplied as pre-fabricated pipe assemblies, but to offer maximum flexibility in the prototype phase it was decided to produce the hoses on-site using one of Parker´s German Technical Service Engineers; Wolfgang Fey. Together with support from the local German Account Manager - Stefan Schlienz-Bouman, the nose section hydraulics for the variable pitch rotor blades system was completed and the system moved into the factory test phase, an exciting and tense phase for any new device!


Thanks to the massive dedication of all


concerned, as well as technical support from various Parker divisions, the factory test phase finished and the turbine shipped to Scotland for final testing.


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