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Tuesday, 17 November 2015
14:30 - 16:00 Designing and operating for reliability
O&M & logistics  
Onshore      Offshore    

Room: Belleville

This session will show the latest studies carried out for analysing failure rates for wind turbine main components and sub-assemblies, both for offshore and onshore wind farms. Developments and a case study, in order to extend wind turbines life and solutions for avoiding catastrophic incidents, will be considered.

Learning objectives

Delegates will be able to:

  • Examine failure statistics for the major wind turbine sub-assemblies
  • Identify failure mechanisms for selected components
  • Recognise the cost implications of component failures
  • Define studies and strategies for extend wind turbine life
  • Analyse specific systems (converter, foundations) failures and behaviour for improving the performance
  • Failure Models and Effect Analysis applied to wind turbine sub-assemblies
Lead Session Chair:
Fernando De La Blanca, Ereda, Spain
James Carroll University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
James Carroll (1) F Alasdair McDonald (1) David McMillan (1)
(1) University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Presenter's biography

Biographies are supplied directly by presenters at EWEA 2015 and are published here unedited

Mr. Carroll has been working in the Wind Industry for 5 years. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. He has completed a bachelors in Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering in Ireland and a masters in Technical Management in Germany. He has held a wind and site position with SoWiTec a developer in Latin America and a performance engineering position with Vestas in their performance and diagnostics department. His research is focused on improving the Cost of Energy through the selection of the most appropriate turbine design and its maintenance and operations strategy.


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