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Outline: Introduction to Wetzel Engineering Overview of Design Factors-Materials Characterization & Application -Safety Factors-Current Methods in Failure Analysis -Fatigue Analysis Methods-Enhanced Test-Based Design Methods--Road map to Refined Substantiation
To benchmark the current U.S. wind turbine fleet reliability performance and identify the major contributors to component-level failures and other downtime events, the Department of Energy (DOE) funded the development of the Continuous Reliability Enhancement for Wind (CREW) database by Sandia National Laboratories. This report is the second annual Wind Plant Reliability Benchmark, to publically report on CREW findings for the entire wind industry.