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

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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 Effects Analysis (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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Safety and Reliability Conference
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2016

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