Component test facilities for marine renewable energy converters
Royal Institution of Naval Architechts
This paper describes how the PRIMaRE group at University Exeter is engaging in the establishment of appropriate reliability methods suitable for application to marine renewable devices with a key area being the production of suitable failure rate data for the marine renewable energy industry. This activity seeks to mitigate uncertainties and cost implications associated with the reliability assessment of marine energy converters (MECs) due to an omnipresent lack of applicable failure rate data. The capability of two facilities, namely i) the South Western Mooring Test Facility (SWMTF) and ii) the Dynamic Marine Component Test facility (DMaC), to perform specimen and accelerated component testing is discussed. A case study, using data from wave tank tests and numerical simulations performed for the SWMTF, serves to illustrate how evidence of component reliability under operational conditions could be provided.
The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the South West Regional Development Agency through the PRIMaRE institution. They would also like to acknowledge the European Community's Sixth Framework Programme HYDRALAB III, Contract no. 022441 (RII3). The second author would like to acknowledge the funding support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under the SUPERGEN Marine Doctoral Programme. Thanks also to Orcina for provision of their Orcaflex software.
Proceedings of the International Conference on Marine Renewable and Offshore Wind Energy - Developments in Wind, Wave, Tidal and Current Technology. RINA HQ, London, UK, 21st - 23rd April 2010.