Investigation of the effects of platform motion on the aerodynamics of a floating offshore wind turbine

Yuanchuan Liu, Qing Xiao, Atilla Incecik, De-Cheng Wan

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Abstract

Along with the flourishing of the wind energy industry, floating offshore wind turbines have aroused much interest among the academia as well as enterprises. In this paper, the effects of the supporting platform motion on the aerodynamics of a floating wind turbine are studied using the open source CFD framework OpenFOAM. The platform motion responses, including surge, heave and pitch, are superimposed onto the rotation of the wind turbine. Thrust and torque on the wind turbine are compared and analysed for the cases of different platform motion patterns together with the flow field. It is shown that the movement of the supporting platform can have large influences on a floating offshore wind turbine and thus needs to be considered carefully during the design process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-101
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hydrodynamics
Volume28
Issue number1
Early online date4 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • aerodynamics
  • floating offshore wind turbine
  • OpenFOAM
  • superimposed platform motion

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