Physics-based gearbox failure model for multi-MW offshore wind turbines
Copyright © 2017 by ASME
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This study suggests the analytical methodology to assess the risk to the operation of an offshore wind turbine in order to identify critical assemblies. Gearbox is one of the most critical assemblies regarding maintenance costs and downtime. Failure investigation shows that the high speed shaft bearings are one of the gearbox components with a higher probability of fatigue damage. A physics-based model is developed to calculate the accumulated damage and estimate the remaining useful life. The model is done for a 3 stage gearbox with two planetary and one parallel helical gear. This paper summarises the methodology and results of damage accumulation calculation under a load spectrum derived from 1 year of SCADA data. The final results are consistent with the damage levels found in the failure investigation.
This is the author accepted manuscript.
ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Volume 3B: Structures, Safety and Reliability Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017