Dynamic modelling of slip in a wind turbine spherical roller main bearing

de Mello, Elisha and Hart, Edward John and Guo, Yi and Keller, Jonathan and Dwyer-Joyce, Rob and Boateng, Ampea (2023) Dynamic modelling of slip in a wind turbine spherical roller main bearing. Forschung im Ingenieurwesen, 87 (1). pp. 297-307. ISSN 1434-0860 (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10010-023-00652-z)

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This paper considers the problem of the dynamic modelling of macroslip in spherical roller bearings. By revisiting the fundamental physics which drive these systems, potential issues in existing models have been identified. Furthermore, in pure rolling conditions it was found that governing differential equations become “stiff”, requiring the use of implicit methods of time integration. The problem of individual roller macroslip in a wind turbine main bearing is then investigated using a simplified representation of system dynamics. Model results indicate clear links between slip/friction and the operational thrust strategy of the wind turbine, as well as significantly higher frictional effects in the downwind main bearing row. Due to modelling simplifications, these results should not yet be considered conclusive; further work is required.