Is it a showstopper? Reliability assessment and criticality analysis for Wave Energy Converters

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Is it a showstopper? Reliability assessment and criticality analysis for Wave Energy Converters

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dc.contributor.author Thies, Philipp R. en_GB
dc.contributor.author Flinn, Jonathan en_GB
dc.contributor.author Smith, George H. en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-02T11:51:04Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:34:31Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T12:57:50Z
dc.date.issued 2009-09 en_GB
dc.description.abstract The reliability of wave energy converters (WECs) is a key issue that has to be addressed in order to make them a viable energy option. At this stage of early industrial development the reliability assessment of WECs is a challenging task. In this paper existing reliability methods, namely Reliability Block diagrams, have been applied to a notional configuration. It was found that omnipresent lack of failure rate data makes rather crude adjustments of often generic data necessary which generally lead to rather unfavourable and highly uncertain results. Reliability data is either not available due to sparse field experience or is kept confidential, within different project developments to secure competitive advantages and intellectual property. In order to foster the progress of the marine energy industry, the reliability of devices must be demonstrated and improved. This requires a joint effort between industry stakeholders to collect, share and disseminate existing failure knowledge and future operational experience. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under the SUPERGEN Marine Doctoral Programme en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Thies, P.R; Flinn, J.; Smth, G.H. (2009). Reliability assessment and criticality analysis for Wave Energy Converters. In: Proceedings of the 8th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference. Uppsala, Sweden. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/93365 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Proceedings of the 8th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference en_GB
dc.subject Failure rate adjustment en_GB
dc.subject Marine energy en_GB
dc.subject Reliability assessment en_GB
dc.subject Reliability Block Diagrams en_GB
dc.title.alternative Is it a showstopper? Reliability assessment and criticality analysis for Wave Energy Converters en_GB
dc.title Reliability assessment and criticality analysis for Wave Energy Converters en_GB
dc.type Meetings and Proceedings en_GB
dc.date.available 2010-03-02T11:51:04Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:34:31Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T12:57:50Z
dc.description This paper applies existing reliability methods, namely Reliability Block diagrams, to a notional wave energy converter configuration. It shows possible source of information and difficulties associated with an omnipresent lack of failure rate data. en_GB
dc.subject.other Marine Renewable Energy Group en_GB


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