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Design and construction of a simple blade pitch measurement system for small wind turbines

Whale, J. (2009) Design and construction of a simple blade pitch measurement system for small wind turbines. Renewable Energy, 34 (2). pp. 425-429.

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    For small wind turbines to be reliable they must have in place good mechanisms to protect themselves against very high winds or sudden removal of load. One common protection method in small wind turbines is that of blade feathering. It is important that the blade feathering mechanism of a small wind turbine is tested before the turbine is installed in the field. This paper presents a simple system for monitoring the blade feathering of a turbine with an overall component cost that small wind turbine manufacturers can afford. The Blade Pitch Measurement System (BPMS) has been designed and constructed by the Research Institute of Sustainable Energy (RISE) and aids small wind turbine manufacturers in testing and optimising the settings of the blade feathering mechanisms on their machines. The results show that the BPMS was successful in recording the behaviour of the blade feathering mechanism in field trials with a 20 kW and a 30 kW wind turbine. The BPMS displays significant potential as an effective, inexpensive system for small wind turbine manufacturers to ensure the reliability of their pitch regulating over-speed protection mechanisms.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Murdoch Affiliation: Research Institute for Sustainable Energy
    Publisher: Elsevier BV
    Copyright: © 2008 Elsevier Ltd.
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