An investigation of how to use physics-based models and general OEM documentation to estimate the remaining lifetime of a wind turbine component.
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This ebook investigates how wind turbine components remaining lifetime can be estimated based on online measurement data.
This paper is a part of a master thesis conducted at Chalmers University of Technology in cooperation with Breeze. The purpose of this project was to investigate how wind turbine components remaining lifetime can be estimated based on online measurement data. Additionally, it was also of interest to investigate whether the estimated component lifetime from the physical model differed from the design lifetime predicted by the manufacturer through simulations. It was also of interest to find out if turbine owners have enough information regarding their turbines in order to perform similar studies.
Turbine tuning can offer considerable improvements to operation and performance. It allows a wind turbine to be operated much closer to its true limits in the setting it is operating, reducing loading peaks and wear. Many old wind farms are targets for optimization projects as owners seek to improve the proficiency of their assets.