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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
Christopher Smith Durham University, United Kingdom
Christopher Smith (1) F Gareth Wadge (1) Christopher Crabtree (1) Peter Matthews (1)
(1) Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom

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Presenter's biography

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

Christopher is a postgraduate researcher in the Energy Group at the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University. Christopher received his MEng in New and Renewable Energy at Durham University in 2013 and briefly worked as an Energy Strategic Consultant at Parsons Brinkerhoff in 2012. Christopher’s research has focused on a range of wind turbine reliability based problems including developing suitable wind speed models for wind farm reliability simulations and analysis of power electronic devices subjected to extreme operating conditions experienced in the turbine drive train.


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