Review on wind turbines with focus on drive train system dynamics
Article first published online: 3 MAR 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 567–590, April 2015
How to Cite
2015), Review on wind turbines with focus on drive train system dynamics, Wind Energ., 18, pages 567–590. doi: 10.1002/we.1721, , and (
- Issue published online: 10 MAR 2015
- Article first published online: 3 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 23 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Received: 20 FEB 2013
- wind turbine;
- drive train system;
The strong growth within the wind technology market, underpinned by policy goals around the world, has highlighted the demand for advanced engineering analysis to improve wind turbine (WT) design, both in terms of reliability and design of larger turbines. This paper presents a review of the latest research that has been carried out in modeling and analysis of load transmission in WT drive train systems and their components. Common failure roots are elaborated, and probable hypotheses are presented. A modeling approach is derived by classification into engineering, mathematical and computational models with a focus on gearbox modeling efforts. Precise understanding of drive train system dynamics and load transmission is necessary for a cost efficient and robust system design to enhance reliability and reduce the maintenance costs. Design optimization of WTs and their subsystems will make future WTs more attractive compared with fossil and nuclear power plants, and it is therefore an important issue for a more sustainable environment. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.