Automated wind turbine maintenance scheduling

Nurseda Y. Yürüşen, Paul N. Rowley, Simon J. Watson, Julio J. Melero*

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Abstract

While many operation and maintenance (O&M) decision support systems (DSS) have been already proposed, a serious research need still exists for wind farm O&M scheduling. O&M planning is a challenging task, as maintenance teams must follow specific procedures when performing their service, which requires working at height in adverse weather conditions. Here, an automated maintenance programming framework is proposed based on real case studies considering available wind speed and wind gust data. The methodology proposed consists on finding the optimal intervention time and the most effective execution order for maintenance tasks and was built on information from regular maintenance visit tasks and a corrective maintenance visit. The objective is to find possible schedules where all work orders can be performed without breaks, and to find out when to start in order to minimise revenue losses (i.e. doing maintenance when there is least wind). For the DSS, routine maintenance tasks are grouped using the findings of an agglomerative nesting analysis. Then, the task execution windows are searched within pre-planned maintenance day.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106965
JournalReliability Engineering and System Safety
Volume200
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020

Bibliographical note

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project https://www.openaccess.nl/en/you-share-we-take-care Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.

Keywords

  • Maintenance
  • O&M
  • Scheduling
  • Wind turbine

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