Abstract

This paper presents the design of a compact gearbox for the DTU 10 MW reference offshore wind turbine. An innovative gearbox concept consisting of a fixed planetary stage with a differential compound epicyclic stage is proposed. Power splitting and compound epicyclic transmission technologies are employed, which could effectively reduce the gearbox’ size. Power transmission principle of the gearbox is described, and power distribution on two transfer paths is derived by the geometrical and mechanical relationships among the components. The gearbox is designed based on the design loads and criteria with reference to the relevant international standards, and all of the critical components, gears and bearings, are designed by performing fatigue limit state (FLS) check. A high fidelity drivetrain dynamic model, consisting of the compact gearbox and one four-point support drivetrain configuration, is established by means of multi-body system (MBS) approach. Then, validation of the power distribution is conducted by the comparison of the simulation results and design values. Resonance analysis of the drivetrain model is conducted by employing Campbell diagram, energy distribtuion of components and time domain simulation approach, and the results show that no resonance phenomenon appears in this drivetrain model during the normal operating conditions. In addition, load sharing performance of the MBS model is assessed, indicating the a favorable dynamic operating behavior of the gearbox. It is believed that such compact design could be good alternative for floating offshore wind turbines.

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