Towards component reliability testing for marine energy converters

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Title: Towards component reliability testing for marine energy converters
Author: Thies, Philipp R.
Johanning, Lars
Smith, George H.
Citation: Vol. 38 (2-3), pp. 360 - 370
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Ocean Engineering
Date Issued: 2011
DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2010.11.011
Abstract: The dearth of generally available, failure data that can be directly applied to marine energy converters (MECs) has been commented on for some years. The advancement of the industry will be fundamentally linked to proven reliability assessments, which is difficult on an industry wide basis. This paper describes how targeted component reliability testing could enable the establishment of relevant failure rate data for the marine renewable energy industry. The necessity of dedicated component testing is briefly reviewed for the wave energy sector together with the experience from other industries. A generic procedure used in test intensive industries for service simulation testing is outlined and applied to wave tank mooring tests. By means of a rainflow analysis procedure and the Palmgren–Miner rule the most severe load cycles, largely contributing to the fatigue damage are identified and reproduced for a possible component test signal. The application of the suggested generic test approach will assist marine energy stakeholders in obtaining evidence of component reliability under simulated operational conditions much more rapidly than can be achieved with prototypes under normal service conditions. Importantly, this would also allow a more accurate estimate of field failure rates and could reveal possible failure modes/design weaknesses ahead of field deployments.
Type: Article
Description: Copyright © 2011 Elsevier. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Ocean Engineering. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Ocean Engineering, Vol. 38, pp. 360-370 (February 2011), DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2010.11.011Preprint available at: Please cite the latest version.
Keywords: reliabilitymarine energy convertermooringcomponent testingservice simulation testing
ISSN: 0029-8018

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