Effect of floating substructure flexibility of large-volume 10 MW offshore wind turbine semi-submersible platforms on dynamic response

As the dimension of the floating substructures for ultra-large wind turbines increases, the flexibility of the large-volume floating substructures may increase to the extent that may significantly affect the dynamic responses of an ultra-large semi-submersible floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT), which introduces new challenges in capturing relevant physical effect in numerical simulation analysis. This paper describes a newly designed semi-submersible substructure for the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) 10 MW wind turbine, and the substructural flexibility is considered in aero-hydro-servo-elastic dynamic simulations by extending the simulation OpenFAST Code, including wave-structure interactions. A comprehensive comparison of flexible and rigid large-volume substructures models is presented to highlight the effect of substructural flexibility on the hydrodynamic loads and dynamic responses of the integrated FOWT system by implementing a fully coupled simulation analysis in the time domain. Additionally, the difference of flexible and rigid large-volume substructures models on the structural fatigue behavior of the novel semi-submersible FOWT is investigated and discussed by computing ultimate and damage-equivalent loads (DELs) for selected environmental conditions. The results show that the substructural flexibility has a significant impact on fatigue damage of the integrated FOWT system in operating sea states than that in extreme sea state.


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  • Accession Number: 01852706
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 2022 5:06PM