Similitude relationships for physical modelling of monopile-supported offshore wind turbines

S Bhattacharya, D Lombardi, Muirwood David

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Abstract

Offshore wind turbines are considered as an important element of the future energy infrastructure. There is currently a surge in the construction of such facilities in Europe, yet there is no track record of long-term performance of these structures. Offshore wind turbines are dynamically sensitive structures because of the very nature of the structural form (tall and slender) and the different types of dynamic and cyclic loading imposed on them. Lack of data concerning long-term performance indicates a need for detailed investigation to predict the future performance of such structures. Arguably this can be best carried out through small-scale well-controlled laboratory experimental investigation. In this paper, scaling laws are derived for the design of such model tests for studying the long-term performance. Non-dimensional groups that need to be preserved are identified while carrying out these tests. The effectiveness of these chosen non-dimensional groups is investigated by carrying out controlled tests on a 1:100 scale offshore wind turbine. Typical experimental data are presented.
Translated title of the contributionSimilitude relationships for physical modelling of monopile-supported offshore wind turbines
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58 - 68
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics
Volume11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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Publisher: Institution of Civil Engineers

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