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Model based wind turbine gearbox fault detection on SCADA Data

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Wenxian YangORCiD



This is the final published version of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by IET, 2014.

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Developing effective wind turbine fault detection algorithm is not only meaningful for improving wind turbine reliability but also crucial for future intelligent wind farm operation and management. Typical wind turbine gearbox condition monitoring is based on vibration signals, which is effective to detect failures with high frequency signal range. But it may not be effective on low speed components which have low frequency signal characteristic of different failure modes. SCADA system collecting multiple low frequency signals provides a cost-effective way to monitor wind turbines health and performance, while its capability on fault detection is still an open issue. To systematic understand wind turbine systems, this paper presents research results of model based wind turbine gearbox fault detection. Through a detail analysis of thermodynamic process of gearbox lubrication system, a wind turbine drive train model which considers heat transferring mechanism in gearbox lubrication system is built to derive robust relationships between transmission efficiency, temperature, and rotational speed signals of wind turbine gearbox and suggest useful information for lubrication system design and optimization. The result obtained in this work is useful for wind turbine gearbox design and effective algorithm development of fault detection.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Qiu Y, Sun J, Cao M, Wang H, Feng Y, Yang W, Infield D

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 3rd Renewable Power Generation Conference (RPG 2014)

Year of Conference: 2014

Online publication date: 22/12/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 18/10/2018

Publisher: IET


DOI: 10.1049/cp.2014.0820

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ISBN: 9781849199179