The Effect of Gearbox Architecture on Wind Turbine Enclosure Size


Gearbox architecture - the type of gearing used, the overall gear ratio, the number of increaser stages, the number of meshes, the ratio combinations, and the gear proportions- can have a profound effect on the "package" size of a wind turbine. In this paper the author applies a common set of requirements to a variety of potential gearbox designs for a 2.0 MW wind turbine and compares the resulting "geared component" weights, gearbox envelope sizes, generator sizes, and generator weights. Each design option is also evaluated for manufacturing difficulty via a relative cost estimate.
ISBN: 978-1-55589-972-1 Pages: 19
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