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Submitted as: research article 18 Mar 2020

Submitted as: research article | 18 Mar 2020

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Development of new strategies for optimized structural monitoring of wind farms: description of the experimental field

João Pacheco1, Silvina Guimarães2, Carlos Moutinho1, Miguel Marques2, José Carlos Matos2, and Filipe Magalhães1 João Pacheco et al.
  • 1CONSTRUCT-VIBEST, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Porto, 4200-465, Portugal
  • 2INEGI, Porto, 4200-465, Portugal

Abstract. The main goal of the recently started WindFarmSHM research project is the development, validation and optimization of monitoring strategies to be applied at the level of the wind farm, which should be able to evaluate the structural condition of a set of wind turbines and their consumed fatigue life, using the response to operation loads. In this context, a quite extensive experimental campaign is being performed in Tocha wind farm, an onshore wind farm located in Portugal, which includes the simultaneous instrumentation of several wind turbines adoting strain gages, clinometers and accelerometers distributed in the tower and blades. This paper introduces the Tocha wind farm, presents the different layouts adopted in the instrumentation of the wind turbines and shows some initial results from the already fully instrumented wind turbine. At this preliminary stage, the capabilities of the very extensive monitoring layout will be demonstrated and it will be evaluated the ability of the different monitoring components to track the modal parameters of the system composed by tower and rotor.

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