Farm-wide assessment of wind turbine lifetime extension using detailed tower model and actual operational history

Kazemi Amiri, A. and Kazacoks, R. and McMillan, D. and Feuchtwang, J. and Leithead, W. (2019) Farm-wide assessment of wind turbine lifetime extension using detailed tower model and actual operational history. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 1222 (1). pp. 1-13. 012034. ISSN 1742-6588

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    Abstract

    Lifetime extension is receiving increasing attention because of ageing asset bases, the need for efficient use of capital budgets, and the optimistic lifetime assumptions used at the project design stage. Based on the industrial attention and the overall observable reduction in subsidies for new investments and repowering, especially in onshore wind energy, lifetime extension is expected to become essential in the future. This contribution presents a methodology for life extension assessment of individual onshore wind turbine towers, as the key structural components, using the joint aeroeastic-finite element analysis and taking account of wind directionality and stress magnification around the tower door. The results demonstrate that the spread in the wind rose provide the potential for tower lifetime extension, however, the stress concentration around the tower door and site-wide variations of wind characteristics have to be also taken into account. The outcomes of this paper indicates that the wind rose dispersion can also provide a lifetime extension potential in addition to a more benign weather and operational conditions.