Implementation of a disciplined supportability analysis approach, including systems engineering activities such as Failure Mode Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and level of repair analysis (considering cost and availability implication of the maintenance level and locations).

RCM Process will be used to optimize operation and maintenance in four major steps: a) Planning, b) Analysis, c) Implementation and d) Sustain the Analysis.

The RCM analytical process which determines the preventive maintenance tasks will be critical in providing recommendations for actions necessary to maintain a required level of safety, maximize materiel availability, and minimize operating cost.

The implementation of this supportability analysis approach will provide for an OWT detailed descriptions of the following topics (Support Package):

  • Supply Support (Spare/Repair Parts)
  • Maintenance Plan and Requirements
  • Support, Test & Calibration Equipment
  • Technical Data (Paper Based and/or Electronic Interactive)
  • Manpower & Training including Computer Based Training
  • Facility Requirements
  • Packaging, Handling, Storage, & Transportation
  • Computer Resource Support

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The objective is to construct logical models of failure mode growth and propagation based on understanding the failure modes, their mechanisms and the physical magnitudes and variables that are involved in the phenomena.

Component models will be assembled as “building blocks” in order to develop a complete full OWT reliability model in a Reliability Assessment Model software.

These reliability models will contribute to MARE-WINT project objectives which are Design for Reliability and Reliability Centered Maintenance.

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Positions filled

  1. ESR1 PhD scholarship in Composite Materials for Wind Turbine Rotor Blades
  2. ESR2 CFD investigation of the near-blade 3D flow for a complete OWT configuration
  3. ESR3 Simulation and experimental validation of drive train loads for offshore specific conditions
  4. ESR4 Strategy for model updating based on experimental data from drive train test facility
  5. ESR5 Dynamic modelling and analysis of a floating wind turbine concept, and comparison with laboratory test.
  6. ESR6 Bottom fixed substructure analysis, model testing and design for harsh environment
  7. ESR7 Offshore Wind Turbine condition monitoring based on acoustic emission and long range ultrasonic
  8. ESR8 Damage detection in metallic and composite structures for offshore applications
  9. ESR9 Reducing fatigue loads due to wake effects for offshore wind farm
  10. ESR10 Ph.D. in Maritime Risk and System Safety
  11. ESR11 Offshore Wind Turbine reliability modelling and analysis
  12. ESR12 RANS simulation applications for hydro-elastic floating substructure predictions
  13. ESR13 PhD scholarship in Wind Turbine Blade Design
  14. ESR14 Active flow control for improving aerodynamic performance and noise reduction. CFD - flow control researcher

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