Reliability and condition monitoring of a wind turbine

Iqbal, Tariq and Khan, Muhammad Mohsin K. and Khan, Faisal (2005) Reliability and condition monitoring of a wind turbine. In: Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2005., Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 1-4 May 2005.

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Wind is one of the cheapest and cleanest sources of energy. However, large and frequent fluctuations in wind intensity and directions can cause serious problems in harvesting this energy. Wind turbines are subjected to many unexpected environmental loads, which can be catastrophic in nature for the wind turbine system. Like any other industrial equipment wind turbines also require some type of monitoring system which is able to predict the up coming faults of the most sensitive components of the system to save it from a major disaster. This paper highlights the ongoing research on reliability analysis and condition monitoring system required for a small-scale wind turbine system AOC15/50, which is widely used in Atlantic Canada and USA. The paper describes the importance of safety system and lay ground work for sensor specification, sensor mounting and configuration requirements for magnetic tip brake and yaw bearing which were proved to be the least reliable components in an extensive reliability analysis. The paper describes condition monitoring instrumentation, data acquisition system and data analysis methodology.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Item ID: 14699
Keywords: Wind turbines, Renewable Energy, Condition Monitoring, Fault prediction, Instrumentation and Measurement
Department(s): Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of
Date: May 2005
Date Type: Completion
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