Establishing a fully coupled CFD analysis tool for floating offshore wind turbines

Yuanchuan Liu, Qing Xiao, Atilla Incecik, Christophe Peyrard, Decheng Wan

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An accurate study of a floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) system requires 16 interdisciplinary knowledge about wind turbine aerodynamics, floating platform 17 hydrodynamics and mooring line dynamics, as well as interaction between these 18 discipline areas. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) provides a new means of 19 analysing a fully coupled fluid-structure interaction (FSI) system in a detailed manner. 20 In this paper, a numerical tool based on the open source CFD toolbox OpenFOAM for 21 application to FOWTs will be described. Various benchmark cases are first modelled 22 to demonstrate the capability of the tool. The OC4 DeepCWind semi-submersible 23 FOWT model is then investigated under different operating conditions. 24 With this tool, the effects of the dynamic motions of the floating platform on the wind 25 turbine aerodynamic performance and the impact of the wind turbine aerodynamics 26 on the behaviour of the floating platform and on the mooring system responses are 27 examined. The present results provide quantitative information of three-dimensional 28 FSI that may complement related experimental studies. In addition, CFD modelling 29 enables the detailed quantitative analysis of the wind turbine flow field, the pressure 30 distribution along blades and their effects on the wind turbine aerodynamics and the 31 hydrodynamics of the floating structure, which is difficult to carry out experimentally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-301
Number of pages22
JournalRenewable Energy
Early online date28 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2017


  • floating offshore wind turbine
  • aerodynamics
  • floating platform hydrodynamics
  • mooring line dynamics
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • fluid-structure interaction
  • OpenFOAM


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