Measurement Instruments for the Energy Industry
HBM offers transducers for weight, force, torque, strain and pressure as well as measuring amplifiers and software; i.e., the complete measuring chain from a single source – with perfectly matched components.
There are many fields of application in the energy industry where HBM measurement technology ensures reliable results – in energy generation as well as in power networks and the development of plants. Typical applications are described below.
Measurements in high-voltage areas
Tests in high-voltage areas, such as lightning and switching impulse tests, place extraordinary demands on the test equipment used. HBM high-voltage products enable reliable measurement data acquisition thanks to electrical isolation, electromagnetic immunity and many other features. The devices have been tried and tested and are used in thousands of applications worldwide. Typical applications include:
- Testing of switching systems, such as switching devices and fuses
- Lightning impulse tests, for example, for testing transformers, surge protectors, isolators and switching systems
- Determination of current zero-crossing
Durability tests on energy industry components
Many structures in the energy industry are subject to high loads: pipelines, power poles or the foundations and towers of wind turbines. Experimental stress analysis (durability testing) is the ideal method to determine stress in materials.
HBM offers a wide range of strain gages and measuring amplifiers as well as professional catman®AP software for experimental stress analysis. Especially useful for applications in the energy industry are the many possibilities of optical measurement technology using fiber Bragg sensors – measurement with light. Electromagnetic influences can no longer affect the measurement results.
Torque measurement on generators
The demands on the efficiency of generators in all kinds of power plants are increasing dramatically. Cost pressure and more stringent environmental regulations require knowledge of specific characteristic values reflecting the performance of your generators. HBM is a global market leader in torque measurement – and provides a range of powerful analog and digital torque transducers. HBM’s precise and robust torque transducers are the better choice – in particular in comparison to the indirect torque measurement methods widely used so far.
Load cells for weighing technology applications
Whether in gas tanks, with raw materials or in nuclear power plants, load cells are used in many applications in the energy industry. HBM’s wide range of load cells and weighing indicators offers the right solution for every application – be it for tank weighing or in dynamic weighing processes. Even in the demanding field of uranium enrichment with high temperature fluctuations, HBM’s RTN load cells provide precise and reliable measurement results.
Durability and fatigue testing software
Test strain on your systems and structures early in the design phase. HBM nCode’s professional software solutions enable you to carry out ‘virtual tests’ even before starting the production of prototypes. Save costs and increase your efficiency by performing durability and fatigue analyses in the development phase. Many users from the energy industry, especially from nuclear and wind energy, rely on HBM nCode solutions.
Measurement technology for wind energy generation
Wind energy generation is becoming increasingly important worldwide. Hardly any other field of regenerative energies shows such impressive growth figures. HBM offers many professional solutions for tests in the wind energy industry – during the development of plants, but also for structural tests of existing wind turbines.
Our special added value: you can rely on HBM’s service team worldwide – we are trained and experienced in the offshore industry, too.