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A UK (Scotland) SME requests flexible heat retention material for hydraulic hoses

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TRUK20190902001
Published
10/09/2019
Last update
11/09/2019
Expiration date
11/09/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Materials Handling Technology (solids, fluids, gases)
Plastics, Polymers
Advanced Textile Materials
Lightweight materials
Woven technical textiles for industrial applications
Wind energy
Speciality/performance materials: producers and fabricators
Other speciality materials
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Summary

Summary: 
A UK (Scotland) SME is looking for a flexible heat retention material that can be applied to hydraulic hoses. The material should be rugged and able to retain heat within the hose even in below freezing ambient temperatures. The company is looking to partner preferably via a technology cooperation agreement.

Description

Description: 

A UK (Scotland) SME is active in the field of operations and maintenance of wind farms carrying out gearbox and hydraulic oil exchanges on operational onshore and offshore wind turbines.

During the oil exchanges 45 degC 320ct gear oil is extracted from the wind turbine gearbox situated in the wind turbine nacelle via the company's own developed pumping equipment and is pumped from the nacelle to ground level via 3/4" 2SN hydraulic hose (up to 150 meter). In colder ambient temperatures this gear oil will cool down in the hose to a point where it is no longer possible to pump the oil as it has become to viscous within the hose and the pumps are then unable to pump the oil.

Therefore the company are looking for a flexible and rugged heat retention material for their hydraulic hoses that enables them to retain the oil temperature within the hose itself.

The company is looking to collaborate via a technology cooperation agreement.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Cooperation sought: 
The company is looking for flexible heat retention material and/or abrasive proof material which can be pulled or wrapped around the 0.75 inch hydraulic hoses currently used. The material would need to prevent heat loss (fluids contained within the hose are at 45 deg C fluid temp) from 150 meter of hydraulic hose in open air. The working environment means that the air may be at below freezing ambient temperatures. The product would need to be light weight and flexible for multiple lifting and reeling in and out of the hose from a hose reel and also be able to withstand dragging of the hose i.e. “abrasive proof”. As an example this material could be a second skin on top of the material used to prevent heat loss if it was not possible to be manufactured of the same single construction.

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Industrial or technological partner with a proven know-how of solving similar issues is sought. Partner is expected to understand the issue and identify a suitable technical solution that will provide a flexible and rugged heat retention material for hydraulic hoses that enables them to retain the oil temperature within the hose itself. The companies should collaborate under a technical cooperation agreement with additional support via the INTERREG Co-Innovate scheme. All EEN countries are within scope for this specific profile only.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500