Parametric Study of a Minimal Model of Wind Turbine Drivetrain System

Ahmed Ghorbel, Oussama Graja, Amel Bouaziz, Moez Abdennadher, Lassâad Walha, Mohamed Haddar

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review


There are several types of renewable energy, produced from different sources. One of the most efficient renewable today is the wind energy. In the case of wind power, the kinetic energy of the wind drives a generator which produces electricity. The drive train is an important component in realizing reliable and robust wind turbines. This research work investigates the dynamic behavior of a horizontal axis wind turbine drivetrain under different excitation sources. The present paper developed an 11° of freedom (DOF) dynamic model of wind turbine geared transmission system. This model includes the main factors such as the time-varying mesh stiffness, bearing stiffness and damping. The aerodynamic driving is also defined taking into account the size of the blades and the average wind speed. Using the implicit Newmark’s method, the dynamic response of the bearing and the transmission error of the wind turbine gearbox is presented with the time signal and Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) spectrum. The results show the different vibration levels of the bearings and the effect of the wind speed and the gear ratio on the dynamic behavior of the system. Finally, a time-frequency representation is used to have more information about our system dynamic behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechatronics 4.0
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the First International Workshop on Mechatronics 4.0, June 8–9, 2019, Mahdia, Tunisia
EditorsMaher Barkallah, Jean-Yves Choley, Jamel Louati, Omar Ayadi, Fakher Chaari, Mohamed Haddar
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783030467296
ISBN (Print)9783030467289
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Workshop on Mechatronics 4.0 - Mahdia, Tunisia
Duration: 8 Jun 20199 Jun 2019
Conference number: 1

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
PublisherSpringer Cham
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364


Conference1st International Workshop on Mechatronics 4.0
Abbreviated titleMECHATRONICS 2019

Cite this