Model Fidelity Study of Dynamic Transient Loads in a Wind Turbine Gearbox: Preprint

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Transient events cause high loads in the drivetrain components so measuring and calculating these loads can improve confidence in drivetrain design. This paper studies the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative 750kW wind turbine gearbox response during transient events using a combined experimental and modeling approach. The transient events include emergency shut-downs and start-ups measured duringa field testing period in 2009. The drivetrain model is established in the multibody simulation tool Simpack. A detailed study of modeling fidelity required for accurate load prediction is performed and results are compared against measured loads. A high fidelity model that includes shaft and housing flexibility and accurate bearing stiffnesses is important for the higher-speed stage bearingloads. Each of the transient events has different modeling requirements.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 WINDPOWER Conference - Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 5 May 20138 May 2013


Conference2013 WINDPOWER Conference
CityChicago, Illinois

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5000-58414


  • field-test measurements
  • multi-body method
  • transient events
  • wind turbine gearbox


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