Although wind turbines have been around for decades, recent research has been focused on what occurs in wind turbines under abnormal wind conditions. It is understood anecdotally that high gusts and turbulent winds can add to the chance of breakdown of wind turbine equipment and lead to an increase in O&M and capital costs. Why is it that ridgeline or downwind turbines see higher O&M costs? Most of the focus has, understandably, been on the effect these winds have on blades and tower structures but the entire drivetrain sees an impact from these transient events. Although there is not a one-size fix-all solution to these problems, there are options for the wind industry to help reduce the damage to wind turbine components to help extend turbine life. A better understanding of how these turbulent loads impact component life and turbine costs is needed.
The primary focus of this webinar is to help educate and increase the awareness level in the wind industry of what is taking place in wind turbines during transient aerodynamic events and identify a loads based solution to reduce the effects of these events.
Watch this webinar to learn:
• What are the types of wind events that can damage drivetrains
• What is the current research saying about the roles of sheer winds and turbulence
• What are the effects to the drivetrain when the turbine is subjected to significant wind or other operating events