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Wind turbine condition monitoring by the approach of SCADA data analysis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Wenxian YangORCiD, Dr Richard Court


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Wind turbines are being increasingly deployed in remote onshore and offshore areas due to the richer wind resource there and the advantages of mitigating the land use and visual impact issues. However, site accessing difficulties and the shortage of proper transportation and installation vehicles/vessels are challenging the operation and maintenance of the giants erected at these remote sites. In addition to the continual pressure on lowering the cost of energy of wind, condition monitoring is being regarded as one of the best solutions for the maintenance issues and therefore is attracting significant interest today. Much effort has been made in developing wind turbine condition monitoring systems and inventing dedicated condition monitoring technologies. However, the high cost and the various capability limitations of available achievements have delayed their extensive use. A cost-effective and reliable wind turbine condition monitoring technique is still sought for today. The purpose of this paper is to develop such a technique through interpreting the SCADA data collected from wind turbines, which have already been collected but have long been ignored due to lack of appropriate data interpretation tools. The major contributions of this paper include: (1) develop an effective method for processing raw SCADA data; (2) propose an alternative condition monitoring technique based on investigating the correlations among relevant SCADA data; and (3) realise the quantitative assessment of the health condition of a turbine under varying operational conditions. Both laboratory and site verification tests have been conducted. It has been shown that the proposed technique not only has a potential powerful capability in detecting incipient wind turbine blade and drive train faults, but also exhibits an amazing ability in tracing their further deterioration.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Yang W, Court R, Jiang JS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Renewable Energy

Year: 2013

Volume: 53

Pages: 365-376

Print publication date: 01/05/2013

Online publication date: 02/01/2013

ISSN (print): 0960-1481

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0682

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.


DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2012.11.030


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