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Durham University

Department of Engineering

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Publication details for Dr Christopher Crabtree

Smith, C.J., Crabtree, C.J. & Matthews, P.C. (2015), Experimental Set-up for Applying Wind Turbine Operating Profiles to the Nacelle Power Converter, 11th EAWE PhD Seminar. Stuttgart, Germany, EAWE.

Author(s) from Durham


Studies have shown that the reliability of
fully rated converters (FRC) in permanent magnet
synchronous generator (PMSG) wind turbines is critical.
This paper outlines an experimental rig that applies
PMSG wind turbine specific operating profiles to a
machine side converter (MSC) power module. A number
of test regimes have been designed to verify thermal
models of the power module, validate the use of cycle life
vs. Tj profile manufacturing data, and determine the wind
turbine operational profiles that cause the most damage to
the MSC.