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Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 15–31, 2021

Special issue: WindEurope Offshore 2019

Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 15–31, 2021

Research article 05 Jan 2021

Research article | 05 Jan 2021

Constructing fast and representative analytical models of wind turbine main bearings

James Stirling et al.

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This paper considers the modelling of wind turbine main bearings using analytical models. The validity of simplified analytical representations is explored by comparing main-bearing force reactions with those obtained from higher-fidelity 3D finite-element models. Results indicate that good agreement can be achieved between the analytical and 3D models in the case of both non-moment-reacting (such as for a spherical roller bearing) and moment-reacting (such as a tapered roller bearing) set-ups.