Wind Farm Operation and Grid Integration

Increasing wind power development in Alberta will lead to significant challenges to the Alberta electrical grid in terms of frequency control, short circuit level, interactions with surrounding systems such as High Voltage Direct Current systems (HVDCs), which is a relatively isolated grid that is without strong ties to other systems. In addition, from wind farm’s perspective, it is important that the Wind Turbine Generators (WTG) are working properly without early failure (on blades, gearboxes, generator bearings, power converters, etc.). For a large wind farm with hundreds of WTGs, the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) costs account for about 25% of the cost of wind power, while maintenance costs plus revenue loss due to downtime represents roughly 15% of the total cost of energy, and there is great cost reduction potential by enhancing the reliability of wind power generation system.


This project will deal with both the grid operation and wind farm operation issues. Research objective in this project include:


1) Study the grid impact of 30% wind power in Alberta


2) Investigate the interaction of wind farm and the surrounding system with HVDC and STATCOM (Static Synchronous Compensator) and develop coordinated control scheme.


3) Study the WTG interactions within a wind farm particularly under grid disturbance and develop damping approach.


4) Study the failure mechanism of key WTG components.


5) Development of WTG state monitoring and prognostics methods, and optimize wind farm operation and maintenance.

Aluminum structure crack length estimation and prediction

Ming Zuo, Xingkai Yang, Meng Rao, Yuejian Chen

Event

Dynamic Simulation of Gearbox Operation for Prognosis and Health Management

Ming Zuo

Conference/Workshop

Dynamic Simulation of Gearbox Operation for Prognosis and Health Management

Ming Zuo

Conference/Workshop

China Scholarship Council Award

Meng Rao

Award

China Scholarship Council Award

Xingkai Yang

Award

Doctoral Recruitment Scholarships

Tong Shi

Award

Doctoral Recruitment Scholarships

Andrew Zhou

Award

Early Career Researcher

Award

Investigation of gear dynamic characteristics under stochastic external excitations

Ming Zuo, Yining Fang

Award

A Novel Seven-Level Hybrid-Clamped (HC) Topology for Medium Voltage Motor Drives

Yunwei (Ryan) Li, Hao Tian, Yuzhuo Li

Scholarly Refereed Journal

A Wind Farm Control Strategy Considering Reliability and Energy Yield

Yunwei (Ryan) Li, Millawithanachchige Nayanasiri

Scholarly Refereed Journal

A dependence-based feature vector and its application on planetary gearbox fault classification

Ming Zuo, Xihui Liang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

A fault diagnosis method for planetary gearboxes under non-stationary working conditions using improved Vold-Kalman filter and multi-scale sample entropy

Ming Zuo, Xihui Liang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

A method for the fault diagnosis of power transformers based on support vector machine

Zhigang Tian, Hao Xu

Conference Proceedings

A new strategy for rotating machinery fault diagnosis under varying speed conditions based on deep neural networks and order tracking

Ming Zuo, Meng Rao

Conference Proceedings

A new support vector machine based intelligent method for power transformer fault diagnosis

Zhigang Tian, Hao Xu

Scholarly Refereed Journal

A new support vector machine based method for power transformer fault diagnosis

Zhigang Tian, Hao Xu

Conference Proceedings

A new support vector machine based method for power transformer fault diagnosis

Zhigang Tian, Hao Xu

Scholarly Refereed Journal

A numerical method for wind farm condition-based maintenance policy assessment

Zhigang Tian, Fang Fang Ding

Conference Proceedings

Adaptive Mode Decomposition Methods and Their Applications in Signal Analysis for Machinery Fault Diagnosis: A Review with Examples

Ming Zuo, Dong Zhang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Aluminum structure crack length estimation and prediction

Ming Zuo, Meng Rao

Conference Proceedings

An Active Capacitor Voltage Balancing Method for Seven Level Hybrid Clamped (7L-HC) Converter in Motor Drives

Yunwei (Ryan) Li, Hao Tian

Scholarly Refereed Journal

An enhanced morphology gradient product filter for bearing fault detection

Ming Zuo

Scholarly Refereed Journal

An integrated approach for wind turbine gearbox fatigue life prediction considering instantaneously varying load conditions

Zhigang Tian, Fang Fang Ding, Hao Xu

Scholarly Refereed Journal

An integrated approach for wind turbine gearbox fatigue life prediction considering instantaneously varying load conditions

Zhigang Tian, Fang Fang Ding, Hao Xu

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Analysis and stability investigations of a dc power grid with dynamic loads

Yasser Mohamed, Ahmed Mohamad

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Copula-based time-frequency distribution analysis for planetary gearbox fault detection

Ming Zuo, Libin Liu

Conference Proceedings

Development of crack induced impulse-based condition indicators for early tooth crack severity assessment

Ming Zuo, Zhigang Tian, Xingkai Yang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Dynamic Simulation of Gearbox Operation for Prognosis and Health Management

Invited/Keynote

Dynamic Simulation of Gearbox Operation for Prognosis and Health Management

Invited/Keynote

Dynamic analysis and improved control design of a grid-connected converter with flexible multi-sequence reactive current injection

Yasser Mohamed, Shahed Mortazavian

Conference Proceedings

Dynamic model of a planetary gearbox considering sun gear crack with effects of clearance for carrier, planet, and sun gear bearings

Ming Zuo, Zhigang Tian, Xingkai Yang, Xianhua Chen

Conference Proceedings

Dynamic modeling of a planetary gear system with sun gear crack under gravity and carrier-ring clearance

Ming Zuo, Xianhua Chen

Conference Proceedings

Dynamic modeling of gearbox faults: A review

Ming Zuo, Xihui Liang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Dynamics Based Vibration Signal Modeling for Tooth Fault Diagnosis of Planetary Gearboxes

Ming Zuo, Xihui Liang

Book Chapter

Dynamics of a Spur Gear Pair under Stochastic Internal and External Excitations

Yining Fang

PhD Thesis

Effect of sliding friction on transient characteristics of a gear transmission under random loading

Ming Zuo, Yining Fang, Xihui Liang

Conference Proceedings

Effects of friction and stochastic load on transient characteristics of a spur gear pair

Ming Zuo, Yining Fang, Xihui Liang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Efficient analytical method to obtain the responses of a gear model with stochastic load and stochastic friction

Ming Zuo, Yining Fang

Conference Proceedings

Efficient analytical method to obtain the responses of a gear model with stochastic load and stochastic friction

Ming Zuo, Yining Fang

Conference Proceedings

Induction Motor Stator Current AM-FM Model and Demodulation Analysis for Planetary Gearbox Fault Diagnosis

Ming Zuo

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Integrated prognosis for wind turbine gearbox condition-based maintenance considering time-varying load and crack initiation time uncertainty

Zhigang Tian

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Investigation and assessment of stabilization solutions for dc microgrid with dynamic loads

Yasser Mohamed, Ahmed Mohamad

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Investigation and assessment of stabilization solutions for dc microgrid with dynamic loads

Yasser Mohamed, Ahmed Mohamad

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Investigation and enhancement of stability in grid-connected active DC distribution systems with high penetration level of dynamic loads

Yasser Mohamed, Ahmed Mohamad

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Investigation and enhancement of stability in grid-connected active DC distribution systems with high penetration level of dynamic loads

Yasser Mohamed, Ahmed Mohamad

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Investigation and enhancement of stability in grid-connected converter-based distributed generation units with dynamic loads

Yasser Mohamed, Shahed Mortazavian

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Investigation of Gear Dynamic Characteristics under Stochastic External Excitations

Ming Zuo, Yining Fang

Conference Proceedings

Investigation of impacts of wind source dynamics and stability options in dc power systems with wind energy conversion systems

Yasser Mohamed, Ahmed Mohamad

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Investigation of the relationship between gear crack levels and impulse parameters using dynamic modeling

Ming Zuo, Zhigang Tian, Xingkai Yang

Conference Proceedings

Investigation of wind-energy-based source dynamics and stability options in DC grids

Yasser Mohamed, Ahmed Mohamad

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Machine Learning for PHM and Reliability

Invited/Keynote

Mechanical Stress Comparison of PMSG Wind Turbine LVRT Methods

Yunwei (Ryan) Li, Yasser Mohamed, Andrew Zhou

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Mobile Energy Storage Sizing and Allocation for Multi-Services in Power Distribution Systems

Yasser Mohamed

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Normalization of gearbox vibration signal for tracking tooth crack severity progression under time-varying operating conditions

Ming Zuo, Zhigang Tian, Xingkai Yang

Conference Proceedings

Optimizing wind farm layout by addressing energy-variance trade-off: A single-objective optimization approach.

Longyan Wang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Prognostics of rolling element bearings with the combination of Paris law and reliability method

Ming Zuo

Conference Proceedings

Reliability and Quality Management In Stochastic Systems

Book Chapter

Reliability, PHM, and Challenges

Invited/Keynote

Risk-based pipeline re-assessment optimization considering corrosion defects

Zhigang Tian

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Series: Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering

Ming Zuo

Book Chapter

Seven Level Hybrid Clamped (7L-HC) Converter in Medium Voltage Wind Energy Conversion Systems

Yunwei (Ryan) Li, Hao Tian

Conference Proceedings

Sparse time series modeling of the baseline vibration from a gearbox under time-varying speed condition

Xihui Liang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Spectral negentropy based sidebands and demodulation analysis for planet bearing fault diagnosis

Ming Zuo

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Sub-synchronous Resonance Oscillations in Wind Farms – An Overview Study of Mechanisms and Damping Methods

Yunwei (Ryan) Li, Tong Shi, Millawithanachchige Nayanasiri

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Three new models for evaluation of standard involute spur gear mesh stiffness

Ming Zuo, Xihui Liang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Time series modeling of vibration signals from a gearbox under varying speed and load condition

Ming Zuo, Xihui Liang

Conference Proceedings

Vibration Signal Analysis for Planetary Gearbox Fault Diagnosis

Libin Liu

PhD Thesis

Wind power system reliability modeling considering turbine and wind uncertainty

Zhigang Tian, Han Wang

Conference Proceedings

Wind turbine power output estimation with probabilistic power curves

Ming Zuo, Zhigang Tian, Siyun Ge

Conference Proceedings