Vibrations analysis of vertical axis wind turbine : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering in Mechatronics, School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, New Zealand

by Li Li

Institution: Massey University
Year: 2012
Keywords: Wind turbines; Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT); Vibration analysis; Rotor vibration; Wind turbine efficiency
Record ID: 1304114
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10179/4775


This is a thesis concerned with Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT) and researches in Vibration. The Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) compared with Horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWT) has a lower efficiency. However, the supporting structure of VAWT structure is relatively simple. It is suitable in poor wind conditions. Besides, VAWT also generates lower noise and vibrations. In this study, Finite element method is used to calculate and obtain natural Frequencies of Mechanical vibration. A simple model of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Natural Frequencies under three conditions was used, to determine and analyse the relationship between Vibration and the shape of the Wind Turbines. This study offers a solution, that assists in analysing the vibration of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines and also provides improvements, in order to help the design and development Vertical Axis Wind Turbines. A way to reduce the vibration of the VAWT is offered in order to increase the lifetime and efficiency of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines.