Fully Coupled Three-Dimensional Dynamic Response of a TLP Floating Wind Turbine in Waves and Wind

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2012

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A dynamic model for a tension-leg platform (TLP) floating offshore wind turbine is proposed. The model includes threedimensional
wind and wave loads and the associated structural response. The total system is formulated using 17 degrees of freedom (DOF), 6 for the platform motions and 11 for the wind turbine. Three-dimensional hydrodynamic loads have been formulated using a frequency- and direction-dependent spectrum. While wave loads are computed from the wave kinematics using Morison’s equation, aerodynamic loads are modelled by means of unsteady Blade-Element-Momentum (BEM) theory, including Glauert correction for high values of axial induction factor, dynamic stall, dynamic wake and dynamic yaw. The aerodynamic model takes into account the wind shear and turbulence effects. For a representative geographic location, platform responses are obtained for a set of wind and wave climatic conditions. The platform responses show an influence from the aerodynamic loads, most clearly through a quasi-steady mean surge
and pitch response associated with the mean wind. Further, the aerodynamic loads show an influence from the platform motion
through more fluctuating rotor loads, which is a consequence of the wave-induced rotor dynamics. In the absence of a controller
scheme for the wind turbine, the rotor torque fluctuates considerably, which induces a growing roll response especially when the
wind turbine is operated nearly at the rated wind speed. This can be eliminated either by appropriately adjusting the controller so
as to regulate the torque or by optimizing the floater or tendon dimensions, thereby limiting the roll motion. Loads and coupled
responses are predicted for a set of load cases with different wave headings. Based on the results, critical load cases are identified
and discussed. As a next step (which is not presented here), the dynamic model for the substructure is therefore being coupled to
an advanced aero-elastic code Flex5, Øye (1996), which has a higher number of DOFs and a controller module.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME 2012 31st International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Publication date2013
Article numberPaper OMAE2012-82271
StatePublished - 2013
Event31st ASME International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Conference31st ASME International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
CityRio de Janeiro
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