Development of a coupled aero-hydro-mooring-elastic tool for FOWT

Yuanchuan Liu, Qing Xiao

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A floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) is a coupled system where a wind turbine with flexible blades interacts with a moored platform in wind and waves. We present a high-fidelity aero-hydro-mooring-elastic analysis tool developed for FOWT applications. A fully coupled analysis is carried out for an OC4 semi-submersible FOWT under a combined wind/wave condition. Responses of the FOWT are investigated in terms of platform hydrodynamics, mooring dynamics, wind turbine aerodynamics and blade structural dynamics. Interactions between the FOWT and fluid flow are also analysed by visualising results obtained via the CFD approach. Through this work, the capabilities of the tool developed are demonstrated and impacts of different parts of the system on each other are investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2018
EventThe 13th OpenFOAM Workshop - Shanghai, China
Duration: 24 Jun 201829 Jun 2018


ConferenceThe 13th OpenFOAM Workshop
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  • development
  • coupled
  • aero-hydro-mooring-elastic tool
  • FOWT


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