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14. Feb. 2022

In the latest issue of the Impact Journal, the science magazine of the U Bremen Research Alliance (UBRA), an exciting project of Leibniz-IWT is on the cover: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Brigitte Clausen and Dipl.-Ing. Vera Friederici report in the cover article on their analytical work on steel, cracks and sustainability within a large-scale, forward-looking project on rotor blade bearings for wind turbines.

The UBRA, as an alliance of thirteen research institutions - including Leibniz-IWT - focuses on climate change and sustainability in the 5th issue of its journal. An important part in the fight against climate change is the development of renewable energies, such as wind power. In this context, a project in the section of Surface Engineering in cooperation with (among others) the UBRA partner IWES (Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems) is dedicated to a component that has to withstand a lot: the rotor blade bearing. The joint research project focuses on the question of how the service life and safety of wind turbines can be increased while at the same time reducing maintenance and power generation costs as well as CO₂ emissions. This major project is financed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK). The full article and the freely accessible booklet can be downloaded here.

Picture: Jens Lehmkühler / U Bremen Research Alliance