Integrating Structural Health Management with Contingency Control for Wind Turbines

Susan A. Frost, Kai Goebel, and Léo Obrecht
Publication Target: 
IJPHM
Publication Issue: 
Special Issue Wind Turbine PHM
Submission Type: 
Full Paper
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Maximizing turbine up-time and reducing maintenance costs are key technology drivers for wind turbine operators. Components within wind turbines are subject to considerable stresses due to unpredictable environmental conditions resulting from rapidly changing local dynamics. In that context, systems health management has the aim to assess the state-of-health of components within a wind turbine, to estimate remaining life, and to aid in autonomous decision-making to minimize damage to the turbine. Advanced contingency control is one way to enable autonomous decision-making by providing the mechanism to enable safe and efficient turbine operation. The work reported herein explores the integration of condition monitoring of wind turbine blades with contingency control to balance the trade-offs between maintaining system health and energy capture. Results are demonstrated using a high fidelity simulator of a utility-scale wind turbine.

Publication Year: 
2013
Publication Volume: 
4
Publication Control Number: 
009
Page Count: 
10
Submission Keywords: 
PHM
Wind Turbine
contingency control
blade damage
Submission Topic Areas: 
Health management system design and engineering
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