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Thermal modelling of a small wind turbine gearbox for condition monitoring

Corley, B. and Carroll, J. and McDonald, A.S. (2018) Thermal modelling of a small wind turbine gearbox for condition monitoring. In: The 7th International Conference on Renewable Power Generation (RPG2018), 2018-09-26 - 2018-09-27, DTU, Lyngby.

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This paper details the development of a mathematical thermal model of a small wind turbine gearbox for use in condition monitoring. The model was optimised and partially validated using experimental data from a wind turbine drivetrain test rig. The model was then used to mimic bearing faults, by simulating additional heat losses at respective faulty components. The extent to which the thermal behaviour changed as a result of a fault was studied, with a view to use such an approach to detect and locate faults.