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Smart Monitoring, Inspection and Life-Cycle Assessment of Wind Turbines

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Project "WINDMIL" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Raemistrasse 101
postcode: 8092

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙486˙224 €
 EC max contribution 1˙486˙224 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-05-01   to  2021-04-30


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 Project objective

The excessive energy consumption that Europe is faced with, calls for sustainable resource management and policy-making. Amongst renewable sources of the global energy pool, wind energy holds the lead. Nonetheless, wind turbine (WT) facilities are conjoined with a number of shortcomings relating to their short life-span and the lack of efficient management schemes. With a number of WTs currently reaching their design span, stakeholders and policy makers are convinced of the necessity for reliable life-cycle assessment methodologies. However, existing tools have not yet caught up with the maturity of the WT technology, leaving visual inspection and offline non-destructive evaluation methods as the norm.

This proposal aims to establish a smart framework for the monitoring, inspection and life-cycle assessment of WTs, able to guide WT operators in the management of these assets from cradle-to-grave. Our project is founded on a minimal intervention principle, coupling easily deployed and affordable sensor technology with state-of-the-art numerical modeling and data processing tools. An integrated approach is proposed comprising: (i) a new monitoring paradigm for WTs relying on fusion of structural response information, (ii) simulation of influential, yet little explored, factors affecting structural response, such as structure-foundation-soil interaction and fatigue (ii) a stochastic framework for detecting anomalies in both a short- (damage) and long-term (deterioration) scale.

Our end goal is to deliver a “protection-suit” for WTs comprising a hardware (sensor) solution and a modular readily implementable software package, titled ETH-WINDMIL. The suggested kit aims to completely redefine the status quo in current Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition systems. This pursuit is well founded on background work of the PI within the area of structural monitoring, with a focus in translating the value of information into quantifiable terms and engineering practice.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Luis David Avendaño-Valencia, Imad Abdallah, Eleni Chatzi
On the differences in the dynamic response of up-wind and waked wind turbines: Analysis via surrogate Gaussian Process time-series models
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the joint ICVRAM ISUMA UNCERTAINTIES conference, Florianopolis, SC, Brazil, April 8-11, 2018 2019-10-09
2018 Imad Abdallah, Vasilis Dertimanis, Eleni Chatzi
An autonomous real-time decision tree framework for monitoring & diagnostics on wind turbines
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2nd International Conference on Wind Energy Harvesting (WINERCOST’18)At: Catanzaro, Italy 2019-10-09
2017 Imad Abdallah, Eleni Chatzi, Braulio Barahona Garzón
An Integrated Approach for Smart Monitoring, Inspection and Life-Cycle Assessment of Wind Turbines
published pages: 144-148, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings WINERCOST\'17. International Conference on Wind Energy Harvesting, April 20-21, 2017, University of Coimbra 2019-10-09
2018 Imad Abdallah, Eleni Chatzi
An ensemble learning approach to aggregate the output from multiple simulators and measurements
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10591.10405
19th working conference of the IFIP Working Group 7.5 on Reliability and Optimization of Structural Systems (IFIP 2018), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), June 26-29, 2018. 2019-10-09
2017 Imad Abdallah, Konstantinos Tatsis, Eleni Chatzi
Fatigue assessment of a wind turbine blade when output from multiple aero-elastic simulators are available
published pages: 3170-3175, ISSN: 1877-7058, DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.09.509
Procedia Engineering 199 2019-10-08
2018 Luis David Avendaño-Valencia, Konstantinos Tatsis, Eleni Chatzi
Gaussian Process Vector AR surrogates for identification of structures under varying operational conditions
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
8th Conference on Computational Stochastic Mechanics (CSM8), Paros, Greece 2019-04-19
2019 Long Wu, Paolo Tiso, Konstantinos Tatsis, Eleni Chatzi, Fred van Keulen
A modal derivatives enhanced Rubin substructuring method for geometrically nonlinear multibody systems
published pages: 57-85, ISSN: 1384-5640, DOI: 10.1007/s11044-018-09644-2
Multibody System Dynamics 45/1 2019-04-19
2017 Charilaos Mylonas, Imad Abdallah, Eleni Chatzi
Surrogate Modelling For Fatigue Damage of Wind-Turbine Blades Using Polynomial Chaos Expansions And Non-Negative Matrix Factorization
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39th IABSE Symposium – Engineering the Future, September 21-23 2017, Vancouver, Canada 2019-04-19
2018 Charilaos Mylonas, Imad Abdallah, Eleni Chatzi
Deep Unsupervised Learning For Condition Monitoring and Prediction of High Dimensional Data with Application on Windfarm SCADA Data
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Proceedings of IMAC-XXXVII, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics 2019-04-19
2017 Braulio Barahona Garzón, Eleni Chatzi
Wake Effects when Estimating Residual Life of Wind Turbine Support Structures
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000126765
Proceedings of the IMAC-XXXV Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics 2019-04-19
2018 N. Noppe, K. Tatsis, E.N. Chatzi, C. Devriendt, W. Weijtjens
Fatigue stress estimation of offshore wind turbine using a Kalman filter in combination with accelerometers
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28th International Conference on Noise and Vibration engineering (ISMA2018), Leuven, Belgium 2019-04-19
2016 Yaowen Ou, Vasilis Dertimanis, Eleni Chatzi
Experimental damage detection of a wind turbine blade under varying operational conditions
published pages: 4183 - 4197, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Biennial ISMA Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering, ISMA 2016 and 6th International Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics, USD 2016 : ISMA2016 & USD 2016 conferences 2019-04-19
2017 Konstantinos Tatsis, Vasilis Dertimanis, Imad Abdallah, Eleni Chatzi
A substructure approach for fatigue assessment on wind turbine support structures using output-only measurements
published pages: 1044-1049, ISSN: 1877-7058, DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.09.285
Procedia Engineering 199 2019-04-19
2018 Konstantinos Tatsis, Vasilis Dertimanis, Eleni Chatzi
On damage localization in wind turbine blades: a critical comparison and assessment of modal-based criteria
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the 7th World Conference on Structural Control and Monitoring (WCSCM) 2019-04-19
2018 Konstantinos Tatsis, Vasilis Dertimanis, Eleni Chatzi
Modal-based damage localization on wind turbine blades under environmental variability
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Proceedings of the 9th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring Series (EWSHM 2018) 2019-04-19
2017 L.D. Avendano-Valencia, Braulio Barahona, Cyprien Hoelzl, Eleni Chatzi
Operational regime clustering for the construction of PCE-based surrogates of operational wind turbines
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7th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering 2019-04-19
2017 Luis David Avendaño-Valencia, Eleni N. Chatzi, Ki Young Koo, James M. W. Brownjohn
Gaussian Process Time-Series Models for Structures under Operational Variability
published pages: , ISSN: 2297-3362, DOI: 10.3389/fbuil.2017.00069
Frontiers in Built Environment 3 2019-04-19
2018 Konstantinos Tatsis, Long Wu, Paolo Tiso, Eleni Chatzi
State estimation of geometrically non-linear systems using reduced-order models
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6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE 2018), Ghent, Belgium 2019-04-19
2018 Konstantinos Tatsis, Long Wu, Paolo Tiso, Eleni Chatzi
Output-Only state estimation of geometrically non-linear systems using reduced-order models
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Student paper Competition of the Structural Health Monitoring and Control Committee, EMI 2018 conference, May 29-June 1st 2018 2019-04-19
2018 Capellari, Giovanni; Chatzi, Eleni; id_orcid0000-0002-6870-240X; Mariani, Stefano
Cost–benefit optimization of structural health monitoring sensor networks
published pages: , ISSN: 1424-8220, DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000278733
Sensors (Basel) Volume 18, Issue 7, JulPMC60684 2019-04-19
2017 Simona Bogoevska, Minas Spiridonakos, Eleni Chatzi, Elena Dumova-Jovanoska, Rudiger Höffer
A Data-Driven Diagnostic Framework for Wind Turbine Structures: A Holistic Approach
published pages: 720, ISSN: 1424-8220, DOI: 10.3390/s17040720
Sensors 17/4 2019-04-19
2017 Panagiotis Martakis, Damoun Taeseri, Eleni Chatzi, Jan Laue
A centrifuge-based experimental verification of Soil-Structure Interaction effects
published pages: 1-14, ISSN: 0267-7261, DOI: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2017.09.005
Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 103 2019-04-19

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