Evaluating the Performance of Maintenance Strategies: A Simulation-based Approach for Wind Turbines

Clemens Gutschi, Nikolaus Furian, Siegfried Vössner, Athanasios Kolios, Moritz Graefe

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The performance of multi-component systems is heavily influenced by the individual maintenance strategy applied on each subsystem, its costs and the impact of subsystem fails on the performance of the whole system. For an assessment of different combinations of maintenance strategies, we present a simulation-based evaluation approach applied to an offshore wind farm, investigating the produced energy and levelized costs of electricity. The evaluation is carried out by breaking wind turbines down into major subsystems, applying different suitable maintenance strategies to them and monitoring the performance of the entire wind farm. The investigated configurations include corrective, predictive and reliability-centered maintenance strategies. Thereby we investigate limits regarding minimum and maximum performance as well as the impact of a realistic application of monitoring systems on system performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2019
Place of PublicationNational Harbor, MD, USA
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781728132839
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2020
EventWinter Simulation Conference: WSC 2019 - National Harbor, United States
Duration: 8 Dec 201911 Dec 2019
Conference number: 19

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


ConferenceWinter Simulation Conference
Abbreviated titleWSC'19
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


  • wind turbines
  • levelized costs of electricity
  • maintenance strategy selection problem
  • reliability centered maintenance
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • multi-component systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Energy(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

Fields of Expertise

  • Mobility & Production
  • Sustainable Systems


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