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Development of a Novel Condition Monitoring Strategy using Vibration Analysis for Wind Turbine Rotating Machinery
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Development of a Novel Condition Monitoring Strategy using Vibration Analysis for Wind Turbine Rotating Machinery

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Name:
Antonio Romero
University:
Brunel University London
Research Title:
Development of a Novel Condition Monitoring Strategy using Vibration Analysis for Wind Turbine Rotating Machinery
Abstract:

The industry still experiences premature turbine component failures, which leads to increases in the operation and maintenance (O&M) costs and subsequently, the downtime of the turbine. Unpredictable failure of certain wind turbine components, such as turbine blades, tower, gearbox, generator, braking system, yaw system, etc., can lead to substantially higher maintenance costs and reduced availability of wind turbines. As a result, O&M costs are attracting greater attention, as there is a need for the industry to reduce the turbine downtime, increasing its reliability and decreasing the cost of the energy (COE).

 

Wind turbine gearboxes tend to fail more prematurely than those in any other applications. Gearboxes do not always achieve their desired 20-year design life, failing prematurely from 2 to 11 years. Based on the data compiled in the Wind Stats Newsletter which covers from 2003 to 2009, gearboxes are the subsystem that causes the highest downtimes. All the previous factors trigger an increase in the cost of the energy as commented previously. In order to decrease this cost, turbine uptime has to be increased; goal which will be reached by improving gearboxes reliability. For this reason, the main targeted subsystem of this research project .

 

Within this research project the student will develop a new vibration analysis methodology for identifying deviations from the healthy status and the source of defects very early in advance using a combination of time and frequency domain techniques.

Publications:

 

  • Romero Camacho, A., Lage. Y., Soua, S., Wang, B. and Gan, T.H. (2016) ‘Vestas V90-3MW wind turbine gearbox health assessment using a vibration-based condition monitoring system’, Shock and Vibration.  Available online      

  • Romero, A., Lage, Y., Soua, S., Wang, B. and Gan, T.H. (2016) ‘Vestas V90-3MW Wind Turbine Gearbox Health Assessment Using a Vibration-based Condition Monitoring System’, Analysis of Operating Wind Farms. Bilbao, Spain, 14-15 April 2016. Brussels, Belgium, European Wind Energy Association. Available online.

  • Romero, A., Angulo, A., Soua, S. and Gan, T.H. (2015) ‘Vestas V90-3MW Wind Turbine rotating machinery Health Assessment using an advanced Condition Monitoring System’, European Wind Energy Association Annual Conference. Paris, France, 17-20 November 2015. Brussels, Belgium, European Wind Energy Association. Available online.        

  • Kanfourd, J., Romero, A., Soua, S. and Gan, T.H. (2015) ‘Acoustic noise analysis for wind turbine machinery condition monitoring’, 12th International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies. Oxford, 9-11 June 2015. Northampton, British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing.

  • Romero, A., Soua, S., Wang, B. and Gan, T.H. (2015) ‘Remote condition monitoring of tidal turbine: a case study’, 12th International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies. Oxford, 9-11 June 2015. Northampton, British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing.

  • Romero, A., Jimenez, J., Soua, S., Ferrando Chacon, J.L. and Gan, T.H. (2014) ‘Development and evaluation of an integrated condition monitoring system for the tidal energy harvesting devices’, Renew 20141st International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore. Lisbon, Portugal, 24-26 November 2014. Lisbon, Portugal, Universidade de Lisboa.

  • Jimenez, J.A., Soua, S., Romero, A. and Gan, T.H. (2014) ‘Application of Acoustic Emission signature for the Assessment of Wind Turbine drive train’, 11th European Conference on Non-Destructive Testing. Prague, Czech Republic, 6-10 October 2014. Prague, Czech Republic, GUARANT International spol. s r.o.. Available online.    

  • Rafael, S., Romero, A., Soua, S., Gan, T.H. (2014) 'Detection of gearbox failures by combined acoustic emission and vibration sensing in rotating machinery', Insight, vol. 56, no. 8.  Available online.        

  • Dimlaye, V., Romero, A., Soua, S., Gan, T.H. and Papaelias, M. (2014) ‘Development of condition monitoring system of tidal stream generators’, 11th International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies. Manchester, 10-12 June 2014. Northampton, British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing.        

  • Jimenez, J.A., Soua, S., Romero, A. and Gan, T.H. (2014) ‘Development of acoustic emission signature for the assessment of wind turbine drive train’, 11th International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies. Manchester, 10-12 June 2014. Northampton, British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing.       

  • Rafael, S., Romero, A., Soua, S., Gan, T.H., Neasham, J. and Goodfellow, G. (2014) ‘Detection of gearbox failures by combined acoustic emission and vibration sensing in rotating machinery’, 11th International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies. Manchester, 10-12 June 2014. Northampton, British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing.   

  • Romero, A., Dimlaye, V., Soua, S. and Gan, T.H. (2014) ‘Characterisation of failure mechanism in train doors using vibration analysis’, 11th International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies. Manchester, 10-12 June 2014. Northampton, British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing.