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Energies 2014, 7(4), 2595-2630; doi:10.3390/en7042595
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Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring: State-of-the-Art Review, New Trends, and Future Challenges

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1 Department of Applied Sciences, University of Quebec, Chicoutimi, QC G7H 2B1, Canada 2 School of Engineering, University of Quebec, Rouyn-Noranda, QC J9X 5E4, Canada
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Received: 14 February 2014 / Revised: 23 March 2014 / Accepted: 24 March 2014 / Published: 22 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wind Turbines 2014)
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Abstract

As the demand for wind energy continues to grow at exponential rates, reducing operation and maintenance (OM) costs and improving reliability have become top priorities in wind turbine (WT) maintenance strategies. In addition to the development of more highly evolved WT designs intended to improve availability, the application of reliable and cost-effective condition-monitoring (CM) techniques offers an efficient approach to achieve this goal. This paper provides a general review and classification of wind turbine condition monitoring (WTCM) methods and techniques with a focus on trends and future challenges. After highlighting the relevant CM, diagnosis, and maintenance analysis, this work outlines the relationship between these concepts and related theories, and examines new trends and future challenges in the WTCM industry. Interesting insights from this research are used to point out strengths and weaknesses in today’s WTCM industry and define research priorities needed for the industry to meet the challenges in wind industry technological evolution and market growth.
Keywords: wind turbines (WTs); condition monitoring; fault detection; destructive tests; non-destructive tests; subsystem monitoring techniques; overall system monitoring techniques; state of the art; new trends; future challenges wind turbines (WTs); condition monitoring; fault detection; destructive tests; non-destructive tests; subsystem monitoring techniques; overall system monitoring techniques; state of the art; new trends; future challenges
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Tchakoua, P.; Wamkeue, R.; Ouhrouche, M.; Slaoui-Hasnaoui, F.; Tameghe, T.A.; Ekemb, G. Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring: State-of-the-Art Review, New Trends, and Future Challenges. Energies 2014, 7, 2595-2630.

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