- Universidad KULeuven
- LAULAGUN bearings
- Siemens Industry Software
- Basque Energy Cluster
1 190 368,75€
European programmes: Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme
The aim of INNTERESTING is to develop an innovative methodology to demonstrate the reliability of critical components of larger wind turbines, without the need to build larger test banks in the future. In this way, the project also aims to reduce environmental and economic impacts compared to current essay methodologies, as well as to promote the social acceptance of solutions and the testing method developed in the project.
In addition to leading the project, at IKERLAN we are working on developing probabilistic calculation methodologies and experimental tests for the evaluation of the different failure modes of the components to be evaluated. The following are being developed:
- A numerical approach to stochastically quantify the variability of wind condition between turbines in the same wind farm.
- A stochastic numerical method to estimate the overall fatigue failure probability of the wind component.
- A simulation method to analyse the induction hardening process.
- A procedure for designing solutions to extend the service life of cracked pitch bearings.
In the development of simplified tests, IKERLAN is working on developing:
- Experimental characterisation of the microstructural effect on fatigue properties.
- Fatigue-based contact failure modes (rolling contact fatigue).
- Characterisation of repairs for life extension of existing blade bearings and demonstration of life extension technology for validation of the design tool.
- Structural fatigue failure testing for wind turbine components.