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Wind turbine condition monitoring : technical and commercial challenges

Yang, W;; Tavner, P J;; Crabtree, C J;; Feng, Y;; Qiu, Y

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W; Yang

P J; Tavner

Y; Feng

Y Qiu


Deployment of larger scale wind turbine systems, particularly offshore, requires more organized operation and maintenance strategies to ensure systems are safe, profitable and cost-effective. Among existing maintenance strategies, reliability centred maintenance is regarded as best for offshore wind turbines, delivering corrective and proactive (i.e. preventive and predictive) maintenance techniques enabling wind turbines to achieve high availability and low cost of energy. Reliability centred maintenance analysis may demonstrate that an accurate and reliable condition monitoring system is one method to increase availability and decrease the cost of energy from wind. In recent years, efforts have been made to develop efficient and cost-effective condition monitoring techniques for wind turbines. A number of commercial wind turbine monitoring systems are available in the market, most based on existing techniques from other rotating machine industries. Other wind turbine condition monitoring reviews have been published but have not addressed the technical and commercial challenges, in particular, reliability and value for money. The purpose of this paper is to fill this gap and present the wind industry with a detailed analysis of the current practical challenges with existing wind turbine condition monitoring technology.


Yang, W., Tavner, P. J., Crabtree, C. J., Feng, Y., & Qiu, Y. (2014). Wind turbine condition monitoring : technical and commercial challenges. Wind Energy, 17(5), 673-693.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 20, 2012
Online Publication Date Aug 1, 2012
Publication Date May 1, 2014
Deposit Date Aug 28, 2012
Publicly Available Date Apr 18, 2016
Journal Wind Energy
Print ISSN 1095-4244
Electronic ISSN 1099-1824
Publisher Wiley Open Access
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 5
Pages 673-693
Keywords Wind turbine, Condition monitoring, Reliability analysis, Reliability centred maintenance.


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Copyright Statement
This is the accepted version of the following article: Yang, W., Tavner, P. J., Crabtree, C. J., Feng, Y. and Qiu, Y. (2014), Wind turbine condition monitoring: technical and commercial challenges. Wind Energy, 17(5): 673-693, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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