Wind turbine gearbox design with drivetrain dynamic analysis

S. McFadden     Ulster University, Magee Campus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
B. Basu     Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland


This chapter focuses on the fundamentals of designing a gearbox for a wind turbine and analysis of the associated drivetrain dynamics. First of all, some aspects of early stage design considerations and typical gear layout arrangements (ie, parallel shaft and planetary systems) are discussed. The preliminary design considerations lead to major decisions, such as on the configuration of the gearbox (modular or integral), number of stages, type of layout (parallel or planetary), etc. Following the discussion on early stage design considerations more ...

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