A New Approach to Fault Detection in the Power Converter in Wind Turbine Conversion Systems

(1) Abada Zhour Mail (University of Tebessa, Algeria)
(2) Ghoudelbourk Sihem Mail (University Badji Mokhtar of Annaba, Algeria)
(3) * DIB Djalel Mail (University of Tebessa, Algeria)
*corresponding author


The detection of faults in a wind turbine chain is of prime importance in order to maintain safety, enhance reliability and improve economic performance. In addition, wind systems have to ensure a continuity of service for a considerable period of time in the event of an electrical fault in the network or a fault in one of the elements of the electromechanical conversion system. This paper presents a fault detection methodology of the power converter within a wind turbine chain, equipped with a Doubly-Fed Induction Generator (DFIG). A configurable, fast, and accurate scheme is developed, the basis of which is the reliable identification of the failed switch. The solution proposed in this work involves the deployment of a redundant arm in the event of a fault; the replacement arm is utilized while waiting for a maintenance or repair operation to be carried out. The approach developed in this paper provides continuity of service after the occurrence of a fault in the network system and fault detection time is reduced. The validity of the proposed identification methodology is assessed by means of simulation of the model of a wind turbine conversion system.


Doubly-Fed Induction; Generator; Short Circuit; Inverter; Fault Detection; FDMSC; Power converter;




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