Reliability of tidal stream turbine blades

D. V. Val, L. Chernin

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Abstract

Tidal stream turbines are a new technology for extracting kinetic energy from tidal currents. A number of different concepts of such devices have been proposed up to now and the most popular of them is a horizontal-axis turbine with propeller-type blades. Although the concept looks similar to a typical wind turbine, guidelines for the design and reliability assessment of wind turbine blades are not applicable for those of tidal stream turbines due to a number of reasons, in particular much higher loads on the blades of tidal turbines since seawater is about 830 times denser than air. The paper concentrates on the reliability of tidal turbine blades in the context of bending failure. Uncertainties associated with tidal current speeds, the blade resistance and the model used to calculate bending moments in the blades are taken into account in reliability analysis. The paper shows how results of the reliability analysis can be applied to set values of the partial factors for the design of tidal turbine rotor blades with respect to failure in bending

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplications of statistics and probability in civil engineering -
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 11th international conference on applications of statistics and probability in civil engineering
EditorsMichael Faber, Jochen Koehler, Kazuyoshi Nishijima
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Pages1817-1822
Number of pages6
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9780415669863, 0415669863
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2011
Event11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering, ICASP - Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 1 Aug 20114 Aug 2011

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering, ICASP
Country/TerritorySwitzerland
CityZurich
Period1/08/114/08/11

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