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Development and application of an aero-hydro-servo-elastic coupling framework for analysis of floating offshore wind turbines

Yang, Y, Bashir, M, Michailides, C, Li, C and Wang, J (2020) Development and application of an aero-hydro-servo-elastic coupling framework for analysis of floating offshore wind turbines. Renewable Energy. ISSN 0960-1481

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Abstract

In order to enhance simulation capabilities of existing numerical tools for the design of floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs), this study has developed and implemented a coupling framework (F2A) that is capable of predicting nonlinear dynamics of a FOWT subjected to wind, wave and current loadings. F2A integrates all the advantages of FAST in efficiently examining aero-servo-elastic effects with all the numerical capabilities of AQWA (e. g. nonlinear hydrodynamics, mooring dynamics and material nonlinearity) for the dynamic analysis of a FOWT. The verification of F2A is carried out by comparing it with OpenFAST through the case study of a 5 MW wind turbine supported by the OC3-Hywind spar platform. The results show excellent agreements between F2A and OpenFAST in predicting dynamic responses of the blades, tower, platform and station-keeping system under both steady and turbulent winds combined with wave conditions. This implies that the simulation capabilities of FAST are well implemented within AQWA. Further advantages and capabilities of F2A in examining the dynamics of a FOWT are investigated via a case study of a multi-body platform concept connected by flexible elements. Some unique phenomena can only be observed from the results obtained using F2A as opposed to conventional tools. The results indicate that the newly-developed F2A coupling framework can be used for the analysis of FOWTs and it has been released to the public.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 0913 Mechanical Engineering, 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Maritime & Mechanical Engineering (merged with Engineering 10 Aug 20)
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 10:53
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 10:53
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.renene.2020.07.134
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13434

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