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Title: Characterizing the Influence of Abstraction in Full-Scale Wind Turbine Nacelle Testing: Preprint

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in full-scale wind turbine nacelle testing to complement individual component testing. As a result, several wind turbine nacelle test benches have been built to perform such testing with the intent of loading the integrated components as they are in the field. However, when mounted on a test bench the nacelle is not on the top of a tower and does not have blades attached to it--this is a form of abstraction. This paper aims to quantify the influence of such an abstraction on the dynamic response of the nacelle through a series of simulation case studies. The responses of several nacelle components are studied including the main bearing, main shaft, gearbox supports, generator, and yaw bearing interface. Results are presented to highlight the differences in the dynamic response of the nacelle caused by the abstraction. Additionally, the authors provide recommendations for mitigating the effects of the abstraction.
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Conference: To be presented at the ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC2016), 21-24 August 2016, Charlotte, North Carolina
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NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States))
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
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United States
17 WIND ENERGY Influence of abstraction; wind turbine; nacelle testing; analysis; component