Articles | Volume 4, issue 3
Wind Energ. Sci., 4, 479–513, 2019
Wind Energ. Sci., 4, 479–513, 2019
Research article
10 Sep 2019
Research article | 10 Sep 2019

Sensitivity analysis of the effect of wind characteristics and turbine properties on wind turbine loads

Amy N. Robertson et al.

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This paper identifies the most sensitive parameters for the load response of a 5 MW wind turbine. Two sets of parameters are examined: one set relating to the wind excitation characteristics and a second related to the physical properties of the wind turbine. The two sensitivity analyses are done separately, and the top most-sensitive parameters are identified for different load outputs throughout the structure. The findings will guide future validation campaigns and measurement needs.