Uncertainty and Risk Assessment in the Design Process for Wind

Rick Damiani

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report summarizes the concepts and opinions that emerged from an initial study on the subject of uncertainty in wind design that included expert elicitation during a workshop held at the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory July 12-13, 2016. In this paper, five major categories of uncertainties are identified. The first category is associated with direct impacts on turbine loads, (i.e., the inflow including extreme events, aero-hydro-servo-elastic response, soil-structure inter- action, and load extrapolation). The second category encompasses material behavior and strength. Site suitability and due-diligence aspects pertain to the third category. Calibration of partial safety factors and optimal reliability levels make up the fourth one. And last but not least, is the category associated with uncertainties in computational modeling. The main sections of this paper follow this organization.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages61
StatePublished - 2018

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-67499


  • design
  • study
  • uncertainty
  • wind energy
  • wind turbine
  • workshop


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