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Active Control of Wind Turbine Rotor Torsional Vibration

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Warren N. White, Zhichao Yu, Ruth Douglas Miller, David Ochs

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Paper No. DSCC2013-3957, pp. V003T49A004; 8 pages
  • ASME 2013 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 3: Nonlinear Estimation and Control; Optimization and Optimal Control; Piezoelectric Actuation and Nanoscale Control; Robotics and Manipulators; Sensing; System Identification (Estimation for Automotive Applications, Modeling, Therapeutic Control in Bio-Systems); Variable Structure/Sliding-Mode Control; Vehicles and Human Robotics; Vehicle Dynamics and Control; Vehicle Path Planning and Collision Avoidance; Vibrational and Mechanical Systems; Wind Energy Systems and Control
  • Palo Alto, California, USA, October 21–23, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5614-7
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Transient and harmonic stresses in wind turbine rotor shafts contribute to gearbox failure. This paper investigates the reduction of rotor shaft torsional vibrations through active control of the generator torque. A 5 MW turbine model is used to test the procedure. A model of a permanent magnet synchronous generator is included as part of the wind turbine simulation. The simulations are carried out using the software FAST from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The PI and feedback linearized controller for the generator is derived together with the means for vibration isolation. Examples of steady, time varying, and turbulent wind are presented which all show significant reduction in the torsional oscillations.

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