Wooyong Song

Senior Research Engineer, Gear & Bearing

Wooyong Song joined ORE Catapult in 2018 and is responsible for the engineering service and R&D program related to the gear and bearing of offshore wind and tidal turbines.

During his 20 year career, he has covered various disciplines including product design and development of many different types of rolling element bearings, automated drivetrain design/development including most mechanical sub-components, validation test program management, system integration project management, etc. Through his exposure to these disciplines, he has expertise in drivetrain system/component simulation and various industrial bearing design/development aspects.

Wooyong’s current research focus is on bearing test program enhancement, advanced sensing and new wind turbine bearing solution. With his expertise, he is involved in various research projects including Bearing Accelerated and Representative Test methodology development program (BART), 6MW pitch and main bearing test program, and advanced integrated supervisory wind turbine control and condition monitoring for optimal of large wind power plant.

Also, he has supervised various academic research topics with Sheffield university associated with the research platform of the Powertrain Research Hub (PTRH). The topics include the pitch bearing failure mechanism investigation and test methods enhancement, critical operating condition identification for wind turbine main shaft bearings and advanced bearing sensing using ultrasonic reflectometry technique to measure oil film thickness and contact load.