The nature of wind turbine fatigue loads in wind farms

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Abstract

The aim of the present paper is to further validate the predictive capability of the DWM/HAWC2 package for simulation of structural loadings in wind farms. The validation in particular focus on tower fatigue loading characteristics (i.e. equivalent moments) as function of turbine relative position, including turbine interspacing.
To accomplish this, comparative studies of predicted and measured fatigue load characteristics are performed. The involved data relates to full-scale measurements from the Danish Rødsand 2 offshore wind farm, where 6 turbines are instrumented with strain gauges providing tower top and bottom bending moments as well as tower the top torsion moment. The numerical predictions are based on a simulation package, where the Dynamic Wake Meandering model is interfaced with the in-house aeroelastic code HAWC2.
Comparing simulated and measured tower fatigue loading, good agreements were found between the extend of wake affected direction regimes. As for the magnitude of the (mean) wake loading, the tower top moments were under-estimated with of the order 15%, whereas the tower bottom moments were found to agree well with the measured results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 International Conference on aerodynamics of Offshore Wind Energy Systems and wakes (ICOWES2013)
EditorsWenZhong Shen
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Publication date2013
Pages450-459
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference on aerodynamics of Offshore Wind Energy Systems and wakes (ICOWES 2013) - Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 17 Jun 201319 Jun 2013

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on aerodynamics of Offshore Wind Energy Systems and wakes (ICOWES 2013)
CountryDenmark
CityLyngby
Period17/06/201319/06/2013

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