On Initial Design and Modelling of a 10 MW Medium Speed Drivetrain for Offshore Wind Turbines
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This paper presents the initial design and modelling of a medium speed drivetrain for the DTU 10 MW offshore wind turbine. Design basis and criteria of the drivetrain are described. Minimum weight and volume of the drivetrain are chosen as the main design targets. A four-point support, two main bearings and two torque arms, drivetrain configuration is selected in this study. One conventional gearbox layout, two planetary stages and one parallel stage, which is commonly used in large offshore wind turbines is adopted. Four gearbox layout options are provided and compared, and one optimal option is finally selected with holistic considerations of volume and weight as well as load sharing performance principles. Then, a high fidelity drivetrain numerical model for the 10 MW reference turbine is established using multi-body system (MBS) approach. In addition, model comparison is conducted, which shows that drivetrain eigenfrequencies in torsional mode obtained from the numerical model agree well with the values in the DTU report. Finally, future work relating to dynamic response analysis, critical limit states check for the drivetrain model is proposed.