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2011 Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring Workshop

2011 Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring Workshop

September 19-21, 2011
Renaissance Boulder Flatiron
Broomfield, CO

Beverly Cisneros, NREL


The purpose of this workshop is to explore the state of the art of wind turbine drivetrain condition monitoring (CM) and structural health monitoring (SHM) for wind turbine drivetrain, blades, and primary support structure. Areas of primary interest are failure modes, sensing, diagnostics, prognostics, data mining, and asset management techniques. The object is to present the science behind each technology as well as the state of commercial application in wind industry.

Tentative Workshop Agenda for September 19 – 20

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Current CM practices
  • European perspective
  • Drivetrain monitoring
  • Lubricant conditioning and monitoring
  • SHM of wind turbines
  • R&D in CM & SHM
  • CM practices in other industries

Tentative Plan for September 21

The third day of the workshop will be dedicated to the CM round robin project, which was launched by NREL in early 2011. Under this project, research partners from three continents analyzed vibration data collected by NREL from a damaged gearbox. Their analysis results were submitted to NREL before they received the failure information of the test gearbox, which makes the project unique as a blind study. Most of the partners will present their analysis algorithms, analysis results they obtained during the blind study stage as well as their refined results after learning the damage information. On the third day, the program is open to all CM workshop attendees, and will most benefit vibration analysts.

See the tentative full agenda.


There is no registration fee for the conference, however all participants must register no later than September 05, 2011. Spaces are limited. Please register as soon as possible.

Registration Form

Event Location

Renaissance Boulder Flatiron
500 Flatiron Boulevard
Broomfield, CO 80021
Phone: 303-464-8400


If you have questions about the workshop or logistics, please contact:

Beverly Cisneros
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Wind Technology Center
15013 Denver West Parkway, MS 3811
Golden, Colorado 80401-3305
Phone: 303-384-6979
Fax: 303-384-6999


Renaissance Boulder Flatirons
500 Flatiron Boulevard
Broomfield, CO 80021
Phone: 303-464-8400 or 888-825-3167
A block of rooms for this meeting is being secured at the Renaissance Boulder Flatirons. Room Rate:  $139.00 per night

Cutoff Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2011. After this date we will be unable to guarantee rate or availability.

To Make Reservations: Guests must call hotel directly using information provided above. Request the discounted group rate for the "National Renewable Energy Laboratory" for meeting dates, Sept. 19-21, 2011. The hotel has a small sub-block at the government rate of $104. "Government travelers participating in the meeting who require government per diem, call 303-384-6979 or email Beverly Cisneros for further instructions." The sub-block rate must be reserved by the cut-off date and recipients must have government identification. Please continue to check this Web page for updated information.

Travel and Transportation

Denver International Airport (DIA) services the Denver metro area. Denver is one of the nation's most accessible cities, with 1200 daily flights, including non-stops from 107 cities. Airlines servicing Denver International Airport include: Northwest, United, American, Trans World, Delta, Continental, US Air, America West, and Mexicana. The Omni Interlocken Resort is located 28 miles southwest of DIA.

Car Rental

Many rental companies are located at Baggage Claim (Level 5) of the DIA terminal. Shuttle buses for all rental companies drop off patrons on both sides of the Ground Transportation/Commercial Vehicle Level of the terminal and load at their designated stop on each side.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service to the Renaissance Boulder Flatirons can be accessed by contacting Super Shuttle. Super Shuttle is located in the ground transportation area near baggage claim on Level 5 of the DIA terminal. Please make your reservation 24 hours prior to your arrival.

Local Information

The workshop is being held in Broomfield, CO, which is a 20 minute drive from either Denver or Boulder and home to Flatirons Crossing Mall. For more information about Broomfield, visit the City and County of Broomfield website.

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