Characterisation of a whirling arm erosion test rig

Cameron Mackie, David Nash, Dean Boyce, Matthew Wright, Kirsten Dyer

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Abstract

Leading edge erosion is an issue that is affecting many offshore wind turbines. However it is currently unclear the damage mechanism that is initiating and propagating the erosion. The characterisation work carried out at the test rig in the Energy Technology Centre is providing a greater understanding on the droplet impacts, droplet diameters and droplet trajectories. From this work it has been determined that avoiding operating the test rig at the highest rotational speeds improves the droplet control. The preferable standoff height was investigated as a DNV GL standard stated a minimum height of 200mm. Through work with a high speed camera it was determined that the optimum standoff height was 50mm for the ETC rig, due to the use of shrouds. The characterisation work carried out provides a greater knowledge on the droplet impacts however future work should be carried out to increase the sample size to provide clearer results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification, ACEPT 2018
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2019
Event2018 Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification, ACEPT 2018 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 30 Oct 20182 Nov 2018

Conference

Conference2018 Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification, ACEPT 2018
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period30/10/182/11/18

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Keywords

  • droplet characterisation
  • leading edge erosion
  • whirling arm erosion test rig
  • offshore wind turbines
  • velocity control
  • distributed power generation
  • electric current control
  • power convertors

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Mackie, C., Nash, D., Boyce, D., Wright, M., & Dyer, K. (2019). Characterisation of a whirling arm erosion test rig. In 2018 Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification, ACEPT 2018 [8610804] https://doi.org/10.1109/ACEPT.2018.8610804