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RiaSoR Workshop: Reliability methodologies training

November 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – December 1, 2016 @ 1:30 pm
Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde
99 George St
Glasgow G1 1RD

RiaSoR logo The RiaSoR (Reliability in a Sea of Risk) project partners would like to invite you to attend a free educational workshop to update you on the outcomes of the RiaSoR project and provide training on the benefits and use of the newly developed reliability methodologies for marine energy developers.

The methodology

Safety levels are a requirement for all critical systems, sub-systems and device components. However, the ocean energy industry is currently designing to standards required for oil and gas industry safety levels. This conservative design practice is based on the uncertainties present between environment (loads) and structural fatigue. The RiaSoR project will demonstrate, through the use of Variation Mode and Effect Analysis (VMEA) methodology and Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), how design, electrical and structural engineers can identify, quantify and improve design uncertainties. By applying VMEA, a balanced design safety level can ultimately be obtained, reducing design budgets and development lead times.

Who should attend?

The RiaSoR educational workshop has been established to transfer skills in reliability analysis to wave and tidal energy developers, particularly technical engineers and technical decision makers. However, the workshop is open to all interested parties to attend.

Why attend?

The ultimate goal is to ensure that the practical methodologies developed in the project are incorporated by industry and make a lasting impact to reduce structural, subsystem and component design uncertainties. The key benefits of attending this free workshop are: • Learn first-hand how to improve reliability in the design of your devices and test programmes; • Interactive application of VMEA analysis tool; • Collaborative discussion on reliability areas to be focused on for more detailed analysis; • Update on RiaSoR 2 proposal.

How to register:

This workshop is free to attend, but registration is essential. Registration closed on Friday 11th November 2016.


Day 1: Wednesday 30th November 2016 (12:00-17:30)

12:00Lunch and registration
13:00VMEA framework
- Introduction on reliability and robustness
- The VMEA concept
- VMEA in different development phases with examples (basic, enhanced and probabilistic)
15:00Coffee break
15:30Exercises on VMEA
- Work on VMEA assignment
- Presentation and discussion of results
17:15Wrap up and summary
Day 2: Thursday 1st December 2016 (08:00-13:30)
08:30Case study: Moorings and foundations
- The EMEC case study
- Questions and discussion
09:30Coffee break
10:00Case study: Structural component
- VMEA on ‘CorPower piston rod’
- Questions and discussion
11:00Case study: Electrical component
- VMEA on ‘Power converter with IGBT module’
- Questions and discussion
12:00Summary and conclusion
Agenda as at 16/11/16

The RiaSoR project is funded by the Ocean Energy European Research Area Network (OCEANERA-NET) First Joint Call 2014, in association with Scottish Enterprise, InnovateUK and Swedish Energy Agency. For further details on the RiaSoR project, visit: RiaSoR: Reliability in a Sea of Risk








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