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The Dynamic Behavior Induced by Different Wind Turbine Gearbox Suspension Methods Assessed by Means of the Flexible Multibody Technique

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Jan Helsen, Klaas Vanslambrouck, Frederik Vanhollebeke, Wim Desmet

KULeuven, Heverlee, Belgium

Paper No. IMECE2012-87321, pp. 1093-1103; 11 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Dynamics, Control and Uncertainty, Parts A and B
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 9–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4520-2
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


The continuous demand for increase in power output for new wind parks under strict cost constraints, the greater wind resource at elevation and the desire for fewer machines per Mega-Watt to reduce operations resulted in a demand for bigger turbines. The drive train is an important component in realizing reliable and robust wind turbines. This paper investigates a geared wind turbine. In this type a gearbox is used to convert the low rotor speed to the required high generator speed. In the market several solutions are available to constrain the gearbox in the nacelle. The used configuration significantly determines the gearbox response to rotor loads and the transmission of gearbox vibrations to the turbine. This paper investigates the effectiveness of three configurations: the three point mounting, the double bearing configuration and the hydraulic damper system. The flexible multibody modeling technique can be used to accurately characterize gearbox dynamics. The goal of this work is to use an experimentally validated multibody model of a wind turbine drive train to characterize the ability of the three configurations to minimize the introduction of non-torque loads in the gearbox and the ability to isolate the gearbox vibrations from the rest of the turbine.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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