Fatigue reliability of wind turbine fleets: The effect of uncertainty of projected costs
The cost of repairing or replacing failed components depends on the number and timing of failures. Although the total probability of individual component failure is sometimes interpreted as the percentage of components likely to fail, this perception is often far from correct. Different amounts of common versus independent uncertainty can cause different numbers of components to be at risk of failure. The FAROW tool for fatigue and reliability analysis of wind turbines makes it possible for the first time to conduct a detailed economic analysis of the effects of uncertainty on fleet costs. By dividing the uncertainty into common and independent parts, the percentage of components expected to fail in each year of operation is estimated. Costs are assigned to the failures and the yearly costs and present values are computed. If replacement cost is simply a constant multiple of the number of failures, the average, or expected cost is the same as would be calculated by multiplying by the probability of individual component failure. However, more complicated cost models require a break down of how many components are likely to fail. This break down enables the calculation of costs associated with various probability of occurrence levels, illustrating the variability in projected costs. Estimating how the numbers of components expected to fail evolves over time is also useful in calculating the present value of projected costs and in understanding the nature of the financial risk.
Year of publication: 
20100218


Authors:  Veers, P.S. 
Subject:  wind energy  mathematics, computers, information science, management, law, miscellaneous  WIND TURBINE ARRAYS  RELIABILITY  WIND TURBINES  FATIGUE  FAILURE MODE ANALYSIS  PROBABILISTIC ESTIMATION  PROBABILITY  STATISTICAL MODELS  ECONOMIC ANALYSIS 
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