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Reliability Analysis of Wind Turbines

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Douglas DeVoto, Patrick McCluskey

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Paper No. ES2009-90474, pp. 1041-1045; 5 pages
  • ASME 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the Heat Transfer and InterPACK09 Conferences
  • ASME 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Volume 2
  • San Francisco, California, USA, July 19–23, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division and Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4890-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3851-8
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


This paper investigates the efforts to improve the reliability of wind turbines through the physics-of-failure based approach. Critical subassemblies of modern wind turbines are highlighted and their current reliability is reported. The application of the physics-of-failure based reliability assessment is presented for improving the performance of a wind turbine’s blades, gearbox, and converter subassemblies.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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