Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG

Schaeffler Technologies develops and manufactures precision products for everything that moves – in machines, equipment, and vehicles as well as in aviation and aerospace applications. This global company is the leading manufacturer of bearings.

The Challenge

Anticipating that the trend towards bigger wind turbines would dictate a need for much larger test rigs than were available, Schaeffler wanted to design and construct the best test rig possible for their large-size rolling bearing customers.

Dassault Systèmes Response

Abaqus FEA helped Schaeffler design a virtual prototype with which they could carry out stress analysis and strength verification in order to quantify the critical operating conditions of their huge new test rig.

Benefits

Their Abaqus models enabled Schaeffler to prove their bearing test rig reliable and applicable for all types of large-size bearings. The company can now develop more detailed instructions for operating and maintaining finished turbine This helps them provide their customers with more precise recommendations about the optimum location and construction of their wind turbines, and also support customers in other industries.