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Use of Petri nets to model the maintenance of wind turbines

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posted on 13.04.2015, 15:30 by Johanna Leigh, Sarah Dunnett
With large expansion plans for the offshore wind turbine industry there has never been a greater need for effective operations and maintenance. The two main problems with the current operations and maintenance of an offshore wind turbine are the cost and availability. In this work a simulation model has been produced of the maintenance process for a wind turbine with the aim of developing a procedure that can be used to optimise the process. This initial model considers three types of maintenance; periodic, conditional and corrective and also considers the weather in order to determine the accessibility of the turbine. Petri nets have been designed to simulate each type of maintenance and weather conditions. It has been found that Petri nets are a very good method to model the maintenance process due to their dynamic modelling and adaptability and their ability to test optimisation techniques. Due to their versatility Petri net models are developed for both system hardware and the maintenance processes and these are combined in an efficient and concise manner.

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School

  • Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Department

  • Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Published in

Quality and Reliability Engineering International

Citation

LEIGH, J.M. and DUNNETT, S.J., 2016. Use of Petri nets to model the maintenance of wind turbines. Quality and Reliability Engineering International, 32(1), pp.167-180.

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© 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2016

Notes

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: LEIGH, J.M. and DUNNETT, S.J., 2014. Use of Petri nets to model the maintenance of wind turbines. Quality and Reliability Engineering International, doi: 10.1002/qre.1737, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/qre.1737. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

ISSN

1099-1638

Language

en

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