Reliability Analysis of Wind Turbine Blades Considering Lightning Strike

W. Hu, W. Zhao, Y. Wang, Z. Liu, J. Tan

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Lightning strike damage accounts for a significant amount of wind turbines failure. An accurate evaluation of wind turbines' reliability considering lightning strike is thus of critical importance. This research develops two novel lightning stepped leader models considering the stochastic properties and the branching geometry of lightning. In the framework of the reliability analysis of wind turbine blades, the finite element analyses including the two new leader models are conducted and then the electric field in the wind turbine blades are studied. The results show that the branched model adds extra increment of the electric field in the wind turbine blades which is more practical for the wind turbine lightning protection, wind farm siting, and operations and maintenance of wind farms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012049
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 3 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventNorth American Wind Energy Academy, NAWEA 2019 and the International Conference on Future Technologies in Wind Energy 2019, WindTech 2019 - Amherst, United States
Duration: Oct 14 2019Oct 16 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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