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Development of a Condition Monitoring System for an Articulated Wave Energy Converter

Citation Kenny,C. J., Findlay, D., Lazakis, I., Shek, J. and Thies, P.R. Development of a Condition Monitoring System for an Articulated Wave Energy Converter, Proceedings of ESREL 2016: European Safety and Reliability Conference 2016, 2016. https://hdl.handle.net/10871/21696.
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Author(s) Kenny,C. J., Findlay, D., Lazakis, I., Shek, J. and Thies, P.R.
Project partner(s) University of Exeter
Publisher Proceedings of ESREL 2016: European Safety and Reliability Conference 2016
DOI https://hdl.handle.net/10871/21696
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Abstract Condition monitoring systems (CMS) in renewable energy devices allow for the detection of oncoming faults, providing data to undertake pre-emptive maintenance. By defining a systems functional requirements and identifying critical failure modes, proactive maintenance strategies may be produced. However, the lack of operational data in the marine energy industry, and lack of consensus in operating principles between devices, means that a standardised CMS package is not available for wave energy converters (WECs). In this study a Failure Modes and EffectsAnalysis (FMEA) is undertaken in order to identify the critical failure modes of an articulated WEC, measurement priorities are identified and a set of monitoring solutions provided. Installing a CMS provides the framework for collecting quality component reliability data, however further development is required for building a proactive maintenance strategy and for continuous reliability improvement.

This work was partly funded via IDCORE, the Industrial Doctorate Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy, which trains research engineers whose work in conjunction with sponsoring companies aims to accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies
Associated Project(s) ETI-MA2003: Industrial Doctorate Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE)
Associated Dataset(s) No associated datasets
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