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Development of a robust structural health monitoring system for wind turbine foundations

Currie, Magnus and Saafi, Mohamed and Quail, Francis (2012) Development of a robust structural health monitoring system for wind turbine foundations. In: ASME Turbo Expo 2012 Turbine Technical Conference & Exposition, 2012-06-11 - 2012-06-15.

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Abstract

The construction of onshore wind turbines has rapidly been increasing as the UK attempts to meet its renewable energy targets. As the UK’s future energy depends more on wind farms, safety and security are critical to the success of this renewable energy source. Structural integrity is a critical element of this security of supply. With the stochastic nature of the load regime a bespoke low cost structural health monitoring system is required to monitor integrity. This paper presents an assessment of ‘embedded can’ style foundation failure modes in large onshore wind turbines and proposes a novel condition based monitoring solution to aid in early warning of failure.