Repowering Steel Tubular Wind Turbine Towers Enhancing them by Internal Stiffening Rings

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Abstract

This paper presents a robust repowering approach to the structural response of tubular steel wind turbine towers enhanced by internal stiffening rings. First, a structural response simulation model was validated by comparison with the existing experimental data. This was then followed with a mesh density sensitivity analysis to obtain the optimum element size. When the outdated wind turbine system needs to be upgraded, the wall thickness, the mid-section width-to-thickness ratio and the spacing of the stiffening rings of wind turbine tower were considered as the critical design variables for repowering. The efficiency repowering range of these design variables of wind turbine towers of various heights between 50 and 250 m can be provided through the numerical analysis. Finally, the results of efficiency repowering range of design variables can be used to propose a new optimum design of the wind turbine system when repowering a wind farm.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article number1538
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalEnergies
Volume13
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • wind turbine power, shell structure, finite element analysis, stiffening ring, sensitivity analysis, repowering