Sophia Buckingham

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Sophia Buckingham

Senior Research Engineer at von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics



TITLE: Correlation between weather-related extreme events and the degradation of wind turbine critical components


Detailed weather predictions are performed to identify and predict the type of extreme weather conditions that are characteristic of the North Sea. Focus is brought on severe dynamic loading conditions that may lead to bearing failures on the one-hand and leading-edge erosion caused by rain on the other-hand. A new high-resolution weather model is being developed and validated using full-scale measurements collected from the Belgian offshore wind farms. Weather predictions are compared with multiple LIDAR measurements of free wind conditions and aerodynamic loading as experienced by the turbines. Moreover, precipitation data will enable to quantify the erosion drivers and allow realistic lab-scale testing and material characterization of leading-edge protection systems, thus leading to representative design-lifetime and more efficient evaluation of damage status.

Short Overview

Climate, Clean Energy & Mobility

By Sophia Buckingham‎, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

Timing & Location

15:05 - 15:25 | Room 1

All sessions

In-depth Lecture Sessions part 1

  • 11 mei, 2022
  • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
  • Room 1, 2, 3 & 4