Articles | Volume 5, issue 3
Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 983–996, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-5-983-2020

Special issue: Wind Energy Science Conference 2019

Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 983–996, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-5-983-2020

Research article 03 Aug 2020

Research article | 03 Aug 2020

New strategies for optimized structural monitoring of wind farms: experimental campaign

João Pacheco et al.

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This paper introduces the Tocha wind farm, presents the different layouts adopted in the instrumentation of the wind turbines and shows initial results. At this preliminary stage, the capabilities of the very extensive monitoring layout are demonstrated. The results presented demonstrate the ability of the different monitoring components to track the modal parameters of the system, composed of tower and rotor, and to characterize the internal loads at the tower base and blade roots.