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1. (WO2018200901) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REMOVING OR INSTALLING A BEARING UNIT IN A WIND TURBINE BEDPLATE WITH AN ADJUSTABLE BEARING SUPPORT
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. An apparatus for use in removal or installation of a bearing unit in a bedplate of wind turbine, the apparatus comprising:

a frame fixable to a downwind end of the bedplate adjacent to the bearing unit; cradle members mounted on the frame at a location such that the bearing unit can be slid out of the bedplate and supported on the cradle members, or slid from the cradle members into the bedplate; and

the cradle members adjustable on the frame in a transverse and vertical direction to accommodate bearing units of varying size.

2. The apparatus as in claim 1, wherein the frame comprises a base member mounted on vertical rods, the cradle members adjustable in the transverse direction along the base member, and the base member adjustable in the vertical direction along the rods.

3. The apparatus as in claim 2, wherein the frame further comprises a top cross member spanning between the rods and fixable to the bedplate via spacers extending transversely from a back side of the top cross member.

4. The apparatus as in claim 3, wherein the spacers comprise a cut-out section that accommodates a flange on the bedplate that surrounds the bearing unit such that the spacers bear against the bedplate and the flange, the top cross member bolted to the bedplate with bolts through the spacers.

5. The apparatus as in claim 2, wherein the base member comprises a bottom beam that spans between the rods, the beam adjustable along the rods via nuts threaded onto the rods.

6. The apparatus as in claim 1, wherein the cradle members comprise an upper cradle section and a lower cradle base, the cradle base slidable along the base member.

7. The apparatus as in claim 6, wherein the cradle members further comprise a locking mechanism configured to lock the cradle member at a fixed position along the base member.

8. The apparatus as in claim 7, wherein the locking mechanism is configured to fix the cradle member to the bedplate at the fixed position, thereby locking the cradle member at the fixed position relative to the base member.

9. The apparatus as in claim 8, wherein the locking mechanism comprises a bolt that extends through a nut fixed to the cradle member, the bolt having a length so as to bear against or extend into a threaded hole in the bedplate or a flange attached to the bedplate around the bearing unit.

10. The apparatus as in claim 1, wherein the frame is fixable to the bedplate at two upper locations at opposite sides of the bearing unit, and at two lower locations at opposite sides of the bearing unit.

11. The apparatus as in claim 10, wherein the cradle members are adjustable along a base member of the frame and fixable to the bedplate at the two lower locations.

12. The apparatus as in claim 10, wherein the frame member comprises a top cross member configured with spacers, the top cross member boltable to the bedplate through the spacers.

13. A method for removing or installing a bearing unit at a downwind end of a bedplate in the field, the method comprising:

erecting a frame at a downwind end of the bedplate adjacent to the bearing unit;

fixing the frame to the bedplate;

adjusting cradle members on the frame at a location such that the bearing unit can be slid out of the bedplate and supported on the cradle members, or supported on the cradle members and pushed into the bedplate; and

sliding the bearing unit out of the bedplate and onto the cradle members, or sliding the bearing unit from the cradle members into the bedplate.

14. The method of claim 13, further comprising adjusting the cradle members on the frame in a transverse and vertical direction to accommodate the bearing unit prior to sliding the bearing unit out of or into the bedplate.

15. The method of claim 13, comprising fixing the frame to the bedplate at two upper locations at opposite sides of the bearing unit, and at two lower locations at opposite sides of the bearing unit.

16. The method of claim 13, wherein the bearing unit is a continuous roller bearing unit fixed in the bedplate adjacent the downwind end of the bedplate.