Blade root moment sensor failure detection based on multibeam LIDAR for fault-tolerant individual pitch control of wind turbines
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2014

Detection of blade root moment sensor failures is an important problem for fault-tolerant individual pitch control, which plays a key role in reduction of uneven blade loads of large wind turbines. A new method for detection of blade root moment sensor failures which is based on variations induced by a vertical wind shear is described in this paper. The detection is associated with monitoring of statistical properties of the difference between amplitudes of the first harmonic of the blade load, which is calculated in two different ways. The first method is based on processing of the load sensor signal, which contains a number of harmonics. The first harmonic is recovered via least squares estimation of the blade load signal with harmonic regressor and strictly diagonally dominant (SDD) information matrix. The second method is a model-based method of estimation of the first harmonic, which relies on the blade load model and upwind speed measurements provided by multibeam Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR). This is a new application for future LIDAR-enabled wind turbine technologies. Moreover, adaptation of the load model in a uniform wind field is proposed. This adaptation improves accuracy of the load estimation and hence the performance of the blade load sensor failure detection method.

strictly diagonally dominant matrix

estimation of the first harmonic

multibeam LIDAR

Adaptation of load model

fault-tolerant individual pitch control

blade root moment sensor failure detection


Alexander Stotsky

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Elkraftteknik

Energy Science and Engineering

20500505 (eISSN)

Vol. 2 107-115