Torque measurements from MW wind turbine Gearboxes: A system identification approach

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The gearbox is a critical component of modern MW wind turbines. An accurate model of the gearbox dynamics is needed to improve gearbox design, develop advanced control algorithms, and more effective fault diagnosis tools which could lead to lower the cost of energy from wind. The objective of this paper is to investigate how torque measurements can be used in a data-driven framework to build dynamic models of wind turbine gearboxes. An initial torsional model has been derived from first principles considering the stiffness of the gears, shafts, and structural components in the gearbox together with the mechanical components of the test bench. This model has been used to create simulated data of the experiments performed on gearboxes and to apply system identification techniques to the simulated signals, with a focus on predictor based subspace identification methods. System identification has been applied to torque and speed data measured on physical tests of two 3.4MW gearboxes. Gearbox excitation frequencies and their harmonics dominate the measured signals and disturb the system identification algorithms. Several techniques have been investigated to remove the shaft rotation and gear mesh frequency harmonics of the torque and rotational speed signals based on time synchronous averaging.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022027
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventScience of Making Torque from Wind 2020, TORQUE 2020 - Online, Virtual, Online, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Sep 20202 Oct 2020


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