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Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for wind turbines

Arabian-Hoseynabadi, H.; Oraee, H.; Tavner, P.J.

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H. Arabian-Hoseynabadi

H. Oraee

P.J. Tavner


The Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) method has been used to study the reliability of many different power generation systems. This paper now applies that method to a wind turbine (WT) system using a proprietary software reliability analysis tool. Comparison is made between the quantitative results of an FMEA and reliability field data from real wind turbine systems and their assemblies. These results are discussed to establish relationships which are useful for future wind turbine designs. The main system studied is an existing design 2 MW wind turbine with a Doubly Fed Induction Generator (DFIG), which is then compared with a hypothetical wind turbine system using the Brushless Doubly Fed Generator (BDFG) of the same rating. The software reliability analysis tool used for these studies was Relex Reliability Studio 2007 Version 2.


Arabian-Hoseynabadi, H., Oraee, H., & Tavner, P. (2010). Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for wind turbines. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, 32(7), 817-824.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2010
Deposit Date Apr 6, 2010
Publicly Available Date Jun 22, 2010
Journal International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems
Print ISSN 0142-0615
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 7
Pages 817-824
Keywords Failure Modes and Effect Analysis (FMEA), Wind turbines, Brushless Doubly Fed Generator (BDFG).


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NOTICE: this is the author's version of a work that was accepted for publication in the International journal of electrical power and energy systems.

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