Reducing tower fatigue loads by a co-ordinated control of the Supergen 2MW exemplar wind turbine

Aristeidis-Panagiotis Chatzopoulos, W.E. Leithead

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As wind turbines increase in size, the tasks being assigned to the controller increase and their design becomes more demanding; in particular, the controller may be required to reduce the tower fatigue loads. The basic approach to tower load fatigue reduction is to employ a tower feedback loop (TFL). It typically achieves a 4%-7% fatigue load reduction depending on the details of the wind turbine. In this paper, the concept of a co-ordinated (CCD) controller is analysed which aims to increase the tower fore-aft load reduction whilst simultaneously reducing the pitch activity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2010
Event3rd Torque 2010 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: 28 Jun 201030 Jun 2010


Conference3rd Torque 2010
CityHeraklion, Crete, Greece


  • control design
  • wind turbine
  • load reduction
  • tower fatigue

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