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RNET-235 - Wind Turbine Maintenance - 5.00 Credits

RNET-235 - Wind Turbine Maintenance - 5.00 Credits

Course Details
This course represents an immersion in the practices of the Wind Turbine industry regarding planning, site preparation, foundation installation, tower construction, nacelle installation, blade installation and commissioning of wind turbines. This course exposes the student to the various mechanical components used to control turbine operation, which includes a comprehensive survey of the current technologies and systems to effect YAW control, pitch control, braking systems, emergency egress equipment and their supporting systems. There will be coverage of the concepts and operation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems as they apply to the wind energy industry.
Part of the:
  • CAREER TRAINING (ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES) Department
  • Prerequisites : RNET CORE Year 1
    Corequisites : RNET-236 , RNET CORE Year 1
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master’s Degree and at least 5 years relevant experience
    Office Hours:
    Contact Hours: 75
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:



    • understand the history and development of the wind energy industry in Canada; how it is regulated' how it compares internationally, as well as, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of wind power technology;

    • ·outline the characteristics of wind energy and the concepts associated with how wind energy is assessed and harvested;

    • demonstrate how geographic elements play into different turbine models with respect to rotor diameter, power output, and cut-in/cut-out speeds for a range of wind speeds;

    • list the major components of horizontal and vertical axis wind turbines and identify wind turbines and generators by physical attributes;

    • describe a typical wind farm environment and the duties of a wind energy maintenance technician;

    • become familiar with accepted standards related to the siting, design, installation, and government regulations affecting wind turbine installations;

    • understand the operational parameters of wind turbines (mechanical, electrical, control, braking systems, air flow characteristics, blade efficiencies, generators, gear boxes);

    • analyse the function of PLCs, hydraulic systems, directional control devices, pressure and flow control devices in wind turbines;

    • contrast the functional principles of gearbox type versus gearless wind turbines;

    • study various wind turbine tower designs, analysing their advantages and disadvantages; and



    • outline common wind turbine operational and component faults to effectively troubleshoot a variety of problems.

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