Introduction to Wind Energy
Group Assignment 3
Dynamics
Group number 12
Editors
Group members 
Student number 
Sergio Torres 
4116127 
Joseph Vitolla 
4118308 
Other group member Konstantinos Gorgogetas Ana Maria Núñez Aymeric Buatois
4119096
4123093
4125738
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Contents
1. Motion of the transmission 
3 

2. Equilibrium point 
6 

3. Eigenfrequency of the transmission system 
9 

4. Torsion angle transmission 
12 

Table of Figures 

Figure 1. Model Transmission 
3 

Figure 2. System equivalent to geared system 
3 

Figure 
3. 
Campbell diagram 
11 
Figure 4. Torsion angle of transmission in response to a wind gust wind gust 
12 

Figure 5. Response of the torsion angle of transmission to a severe wind gust 
12 

Figure 6. Detail of the response of the torsion angle transmission to a severe wind gust 
13 

Figure 7. Comparison of the response of the torsion angle and rotor flap angle to a severe 
14 

Figure 8. Response of the torsion angle to a sinus gust 
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1.
Motion of the transmission
In the following question, we are using the notation:
J 
Inertia 
Kg.m 
^{2} 
M 
Momentum / Torque 
N.m 

α 
Angular acceleration. 
Rad/s 
^{2} 
Ω 
Rotation speed 
Rad/s 

θ 
Angular position 
Rad 

ν 
Transmission ratio. 
 

r 
Radius 
M 

m 
Mass 
Kg 

k 
Stiffness 

ς 
Damping 
a) Derive the equation of motion of the transmission. Usually the combination of
slow shaft / transmission / fast shaft is replaced by an equivalent system of just one shaft: the slow shaft (as shown during the lecture). Argue why the generator moment should be multiplied by the transmission ratio and the inertia of the generator by the transmission ratio squared.
Figure 1. Model Transmission
Usually the combination of slow shaft / transmission / fast shaft is replaced by an equivalent system of just one shaft: the slow one as is shown in the Figure 2.
M
1
1
2
Figure 2. System equivalent to geared system.
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M
2
To demonstrate why the generator moment should be multiplied by the transmission ratio, the moment definition is used as follows:
M r F
Equation 1: Momentum definition
M
M
g
2
M
M
2
2
r
fast
r
slow
r
slow
r
fast
(
r
fast
*
M
F
g
F
g
g
F
g
)
It is possible to refer shaft stiffness (k) and inertias (J) to equivalent values on a single shaft (It is assumed that the shafts themselves have no inertia). This is done by multiplying all stiffness and inertias of the geared shaft by ν ^{2} where ν is the speed ratio between the two shafts. It is also shown as follows, using the concept of inertia:
J m*r
2
Equation 2: Concept of inertia
To demonstrate why the inertia of the generator must be multiplied by transmission ratio squared, the concept of inertia is used:
J
J
J
J
g
2
m
g
m
g
*
*
2
r
fast
2
r
slow
r
slow
r
fast
2
m
g
2
2
J
g
*
r
fast
2
Derivation of the equation of motion:
Gears are frequently used to transfer power from one shaft to another, while maintaining a fixed ratio between the speeds of the shafts. While the input power in an ideal gear train remains equal to the output power, the torques and speed vary in inverse proportion to each other. So:
1 

1 

1 

1 

1 

J 
r 
2 J g 

J 
t 
J 
r 
J 
2 
J 
r 

2 
J 
g 
J r 


2 
J 
g 
Taking into account the mass / spring / damper system, where:
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J t
J
J
r
2
M
t
k
M
g
g
and
k
J
2
J
r
J
2
M
r
2
*
J
g
J
r
J
2
k
2
J
g
J
r
2
J
g
M
2
J
r
J
2
M
2
*
J
r
2 * J
J
r
J
2
J
r
M
r
J
r
2
J
g
J
r
2
J
g
* M
g
b) Convert the 2 ^{n}^{d} order differential equation to 2 1 ^{s}^{t} order differential equations.
The method used to convert the 2 ^{n}^{d} order differential equations in 2of 1 ^{s}^{t} order was the separation of variables. ^{1}
i
)
ii )
y
J
r
*
2
J
g
J
r
2
J
g
y
*
y
k
2
J
g
J
r
2
J
g
M
r
J
r
J
r
2
J
g
* M
g
c) Compare your results with the listing of the MATLAB file dynmod.m.
In the MATLAB file can be found the follow equations:
deps=epsd;
ddeps=1/Jtot*(Jtot/Jr*Mr+Jtot/(nu^2*Jg)*nu*Mgdr*epsdkr*eps);
Where:
epsd: torsion angular velocity transmission (rad/s) deps: torsion angular velocity transmission (rad/s) ddeps: torsion angular acceleration transmission (rad/s ^{2} ) Jtot: Total inertia transmission (kg*m ^{2} ) nu: transmission ratio Jg: Inertia generator (kg*m ^{2} ) Mg: generator torque kr: stiffness transmission (Nm/rad) eps: torsion angle transmission (rad)
So, we can see that deps=epsd is equal to y , as was shown in b. Furthermore for the second:
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J
r
*
2
J
g
J
r
2
J
g
y
*
y
k
2
J
g
J
r
2
J
g
M
J
t
*
y
y
1
J
t
*
*
y
k
J
t
J
r
M
r
J
t
* M
g
2
J
J
t
J
J
t
M
r
2
J
g
r
*
M
g
*
y
r
g
k
J
r
J
r
2
J
g
* M
g
So, can be concluded that the same equation was obtained previously.
2. Equilibrium point
a) Indicate how an equilibrium point can be determined; by which equilibrium of
moments is the equilibrium point determined?. What is the explicit expression?
The equilibrium point can be reached when the differential equation for dynamics in wind turbine are zero. It means that there is not any change with the time. So, flap angular velocity, tower top velocity and torsion angular velocity are equal to zero. As is known, the rotor torque creates the generator torque, so, in equilibrium Mg=Mr.
In order to obtain the rotor torque, the blade element method is applied, taking the following equations:
F 
L 
* 
Sin 

L 
Cl 
* 
Q 
* 

D 
Cd 
* Q 
D
*
Cos
A
dL
* A
dD
1
2
Cl
*
*
V
1
2
Cd
*
*
dF
dL
*
Sin
dD
*
Cos
2
*
c
*
dr
V
2
*
c
*
dr
dF
dF
dM
r
1
2
1
2
Cl
*
2
1
2
V
V
*
*
V
2
*
*
2
c Cl
Cl *
c
*
dr
*
Sin
Sin
1
2
Cd
Cd
Cd
*
*
*
V
2
*
c
*
dr
*
Cos
dr
Cos
c
*
r
*
dr
To obtain the generator torque, the following equations are used:
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P
shaft
P
g
M
g
P shaft
g
*
g
r
M
g
g
M
g
P shaft
*
r
g
*
r
r
r
*
V
R
Re
fering to slow shaft
M
g
2
M g 2
*
M
g
P
shaft
*
R
*
V
:
Replacing in Mg=Mr at the equilibrium point:
1
2
V
2
Cl
*
Sin
Cd
*
Cos
c
*
r
*
dr
P
shaft
*
R
*
V
b) Compare your answer with the listings of equi.m and equi_fun.m.
In equi.m for the equilibrium state is stated:
betad=0;
xd=0;
It is the same as was stated in a, where and x .
Furthermore, equi.m has two conditions to determinate the equilibrium point. The first is in partial load operation (V≤Vn) and full load (V>Vn).
For V≤Vn, the equilibrium point is determinate when there is equilibrium between rotor torque and generator torque, as was said before, Mr=Mg.
In order to obtain the steady condition it is used the fun_equi of MATLAB through the determination of the difference between aerodynamic rotor torque and generator torque.
To find the stationary generator angular velocity the MATLAB file uses:
omg=nu*omr
That is the same as the one used in the present report.
g
*
r
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For the generator torque the MATLAB file gen.m is used, at nominal conditions:
omgn=nu*lambdan*Vn/R;
As previously mentioned, and stated in the report:
g
*
r
*
V
r
r
R
g
*
* V
R
In MATLAB to determinate the generator torque, the mechanical generator power is considered, as follows:
Psh=Pn/eta
Mg=Psh/omg;
The same was also expressed in this document:
M
g
P shaft
*
r
g
*
r
r
r
*
V
R
Re
fering to slow shaft
M
g
2
M g 2
*
M
g
P
shaft
* R
* V
:
To prove the rotor torque, in MATLAB there is the file bem.m, which also uses the file aero2.m with the inductor factor determined. So, the rotor torque is:
dMr=Nb*ri.*(kp.*dL.*sin(phi)dD.*cos(phi));
Where: ^{2}
Nb: number of blades ri: radial position blade elements kp: power loss factor dL: lift force blade element dD: drag force blade element
For dL and dD MATLAB has:
^{2} Taken from aero.m in MATLAB
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dL=Cl.*0.5*rho.*W.^2.*ci.*dr;
dD=Cd.*0.5*rho.*W.^2.*ci.*dr;
Where:
rho: air density W: resultant velocity ci: chord blade element dr: length blade element
Finally, in the present document for the rotor torque was obtained:
dM
r
1
2
V
2
Cl *
Sin
Cd
*
c
Cos
*
r
*
dr
Which is the same in the MATLAB files.
c) Determine the equilibrium point for a wind speed of 8 m/s (use equi.m).
For this velocity through MATLAB file was obtained:
 Stationary flap angle β=0.0159 (rad)
 Stationary tower top displacement: x=0.2642 (m)
 Stationary rotor angular velocity: Ωr=1.3932 (rad/s)
 Stationary torsion angle transmission: ε=0.0040 (rad)
 Stationary generator angular velocity: ωg=136.529 (rad/s)
 Stationary induction factor: a=0.3259
 Blade pitch angle =  1.5 (°)
 Stationary axial force= 2.2362*10 ^{5} (N)
 Stationary aerodynamic flap moment = 2.1758*10 ^{6} (Nm)
 Stationary aerodynamic rotor torque = 7.1893*10 ^{5} (Nm)
3. Eigenfrequency of the transmission system
a) Determine the eigenfrequency of the transmission. Does this eigenfrequency depend
on the rotational speed?
The eigenfrequency of the transmission system depends only on the stiffness of the elements and the masses involved. It is independent from the rotational speed.
From the equation of motion, the eigenfrequency can be obtained as:
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Where
For Vestas V90 turbine parameters are given:
Transmission ratio =98
Stiffness transmission k _{t} = 1.8 * 10 ^{8} [Nm/rad]
Inertia generator J _{g} = 60 [kg*m ^{2} ]
Inertia rotor J _{1} = 3*J _{b}_{l}_{a}_{d}_{e} = 3* 3.9*10 ^{6} = 11.7*10 ^{6} [kg*m ^{2} ]
J _{2} = ^{2} * J _{g} = 98 ^{2} * 60 = 576240 [kg*m ^{2} ]
→
Then,
is calculated as:
b) Sketch (i.e. calculate just a few points) this relation between eigenfrequency of
the transmission and rotational speed in a Campbell diagram. Give excitations and eigenfrequencies a different line type (or color).
We select the nominal wind speed to find the rotor speed:
Then,
V _{n} =12 m/s
λ=7.8
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R=45 m
The harmonics plotted on the following Campbell diagram are:
1P:
3P:
6P:
Campbell diagram
Figure 3. Campbell diagram
Rotational speed (Hz)
The harmonics are plotted with 20 % of margin for each Pfrequency. As it can be seen from the Campbell diagram, there is not intersection point between the eigenfrequency value and the curves for 1P, 3P or 6P, meaning that there won’t be undesired resonance in the operation of the turbine for the transmission system.
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4.
Torsion angle transmission
a) Determine the response of the torsion angle transmission to a smooth wind
gust, by means of gust1.m, for a mean wind speed of 8 m/s.
Figure 4. Torsion angle of transmission in response to a wind gust
a) Determine the response of the torsion angle transmission to a ‘severe’ wind gust, by means of step; the mean wind speed is 8 m/s.
Figure 5. Response of the torsion angle of transmission to a severe wind gust
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b) Estimate from the previous result (severe gust) the frequency of the variations of the torsion angle transmission, during the first seconds of the response. Does it coincide with the frequency determined at 3); explain.
Figure 6. Detail of the response of the torsion angle transmission to a severe wind gust
From the graph, we can deduct the frequency:
f
2
^{} t
3
t
1 ^{}
2.84 Hz
Although very similar to the eigenfrequency calculated in section 3, the values for this frequency is different meaning that there is no resonance in the system. However a very simple model is used for the calculations and many assumptions are taken. For further analysis it would be necessary to use a more complex model and more powerful simulation tools in order to get a more accurate result.
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c)
Compare qualitatively the response (on the severe gust) of the torsion angle with the response of the rotor flap angle (first element of the state vector x).
Figure 7. Comparison of the response of the torsion angle and rotor flap angle to a severe wind gust
The flap response is more damped because of the reaction of the system. When the wind increases, the system will pitch the blade to adjust to the new wind speed, resulting in a quicker stabilization of the flap. Furthermore, materials employed for the fabrication of the transmission system and the rotor system are different. In the former case, materials are more rigid (larger stiffness coefficients) which result in a more damped response, if they are compare to the blade system for which more flexible materials are used.
d) Determine the response of the torsion angle transmission to a sine wind gust by means of gust2.m. In reality a sine wind is of course not possible; it represents the 1P (once per revolution) variations of the wind speed at the location of a blade section due to ‘rotational sampling’, tower passage, wind shear and yawed flow. In fact, you studied the varying wind speed due to wind shear in the 3 ^{r}^{d} individual assignment, question 4. Please take care to use the correct rotational speed which corresponds to the mean wind speed of 8 m/s.
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Figure 8. Response of the torsion angle to a sinus gust
e)
After some period (say 60 s) the transient oscillations are damped out and the response has also a sine form. Estimate again the frequency and explain your answer.
The frequency can be calculated from the plot on section e). It can be seen that the period from the signal is T=4.5 s. Frequency can be calculated as
There is a stabilization period after which the response remains damped with the same frequency of the wind gust. There is a phase shift that can be explained as a delay in response caused by the inertia of the system.
Reference:
 Manwell, J. et al., “Wind Energy Explained, Theory, Design and Application”, USA,
2002.
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