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Energies 2017, 10(12), 2099; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10122099

Structural Reliability Analysis of Wind Turbines: A Review

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Department of Marine Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Centre for Research-Based Innovation of Marine Operations (SFI MOVE), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
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DNV GL, P.O. Box 300, 1322 Høvik, Norway
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Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (SFF AMOS), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Received: 7 November 2017 / Revised: 5 December 2017 / Accepted: 6 December 2017 / Published: 11 December 2017
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The paper presents a detailed review of the state-of-the-art research activities on structural reliability analysis of wind turbines between the 1990s and 2017. We describe the reliability methods including the first- and second-order reliability methods and the simulation reliability methods and show the procedure for and application areas of structural reliability analysis of wind turbines. Further, we critically review the various structural reliability studies on rotor blades, bottom-fixed support structures, floating systems and mechanical and electrical components. Finally, future applications of structural reliability methods to wind turbine designs are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind turbine; structural reliability; uncertainty; load effects; probabilistic design wind turbine; structural reliability; uncertainty; load effects; probabilistic design
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Jiang, Z.; Hu, W.; Dong, W.; Gao, Z.; Ren, Z. Structural Reliability Analysis of Wind Turbines: A Review. Energies 2017, 10, 2099.

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