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Integrating Control System, Power Controls in Turbine Design

By Graham Dudgeon, MathWorks

Type III and Type IV wind turbines are complex engineering systems that require a combination of blade-pitch and power-electronic control systems to achieve more efficient and reliable performance. Designing a complete control system for wind turbines bears considerable complexity in the multidomain control architecture and the selection of parameter settings in each control loop.

By applying optimization techniques to detailed simulation models, you can automatically update parameter settings in the integrated control system and maximize the electromechanical turbine performance for a given control function and a given operating envelope.

This article shows how to design a control system for wind turbines with blade-pitch and power-electronic control and how to optimize parameter tuning for different electromechanical control functions.

This article was published in Control Engineering.

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Published 2012

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