14 - 16 November, 2017 |

Pieter Jan Jordaens

Business development & Innovation
OWI-Lab
Pieter Jan Jordaens joined Sirris – Belgian technology center, in 2010 as a project manager. Since then, he has been responsible to set-up OWI-Lab which is the Belgian research, development and innovation lab for wind power. He focused on developing the R&D and test services of the lab, specifically on topics as ‘climate chamber testing’ of wind turbine components for cold, hot, and tropical climates. In cooperation with the university of Brussel (VUB) he also works on topics as structural health monitoring (SHM) and big data for (offshore) wind turbine applications. Currently he is involved in different R&D projects which have the aims to reduce the LCOE in cold climate and offshore wind power applications. Before joining Sirris, Pieter Jan obtained a Master's degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from the International University College Group T in Leuven, where he also followed the International Postgraduate Programme in Entrepreneurial Engineering. He is also a member of the IEA Task 19 research group on cold climate wind power.


11:45 AM Importance of climatic & vibration testing of 6-12MW wind turbine components

·    Component validation testing by climatic laboratory testing – small scale & large scale components (transformers, switch gears, OHVS components, junction boxes) – experience & cases
·    In-field design validation vibration measurements in offshore conditions as contribution in dynamic testing – different foundations / different dynamic requirements of components
·    Lack of testing standards
·    Bridging operation teams with design teams to learn & optimize

The presentation will focus on multiple ‘environmental load’ challenges that various development teams have to overcome in adapting and inventing 66kV solutions for offshore energy usage. Vibrations and shock loads, but also
climatic factors (humidity, salinity, temperatures) are different from traditional grid infrastructure and onshore wind power solutions. Therefore specific adaptations with respect to operating temperatures, vibrations, shocks, corrosion, humidity etc… have to be considered to resist the environment in which they are transported, constructed, commissioned and operating. As there is still a lack of specific standards for this market, specific testing infrastructure such as climate chamber tests on transformers, junction boxes, switch gears can give insights in the reliability and performance in extreme environments during the prototype phase. Also field vibration measurements give the needed insights for optimization of the 66kV technology for the hostile offshore environment as different types of foundations lead to different vibration behavior.


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