Structural damping is a critical quantity for condition assessment and fatigue lifetime prediction in wind energy. Its estimation from operational vibration data comes with a considerable amount of uncertainty, derived from environmental and operational variability and from the quality of the estimation process itself. In this paper, we aim to determine experimentally the damping values and their least possible uncertainty bounds for the first two modes of an idling offshore wind turbine. For this purpose, we use field measurements from a 3.6 MW offshore wind turbine located at the DanTysk wind farm. We select a subset of cases from the wind turbine on idling condition for a confined interval of environmental and operational conditions, in an attempt to minimize operational variability in the damping estimates. In addition, we make a study on the adjustment parameters of the automated operational modal analysis method, aiming at obtaining most consistent damping estimates.
|Publication date||1. Sept 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 1. Sept 2022|