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A load monitoring system for the 5kW wind turbine at the renewable energy outdoor test area

Pleiksna, Levi (2015) A load monitoring system for the 5kW wind turbine at the renewable energy outdoor test area. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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It is necessary for small wind turbine development to conduct a “Root Blade Load Estimation” analysis which enables us to mathematically model the effects that turbulence has on fatigue of turbine blades and possibly in turn on the shaft it is coupled with.

Our results demonstrated that actual research into the effects of turbulence can be conducted on a small scale turbine using similar principles outlined in the methods of large scale testing. We were able to calibrate the strain gauges, overcome engineering issues through use of a transmitter receiver system and signal conditioning, minimize power consumption of this system, implement blade tracking as well as investigate the real time Labview interface.

Design considerations of the data logging are very important if the data captured is to be effective in research and development and this starts with the instrument and hardware design. For our project we looked at the TUDelft thesis Root Load Estimation Method and using the results we went back to the hardware to change some foundations and apply it to different scale turbines.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Whale, Jonathan
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