A floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) concept with a guy wire-supported tower was investigated to obtain results of motion in waves considering its elastic model characteristics. The FOWT concept aims to reduce construction costs by using a light-weight structure tensioned with guy wires and a downwind turbine concept type.
A wave tank experiment of an elastically similar segmented backbone model in the 1/60th scale was conducted to clarify the dynamic elastic response features of the structure. The results were compared with numerical simulations obtained with software NK-UTWind (in house software developed by the University of Tokyo) and WAMIT code.
It was clarified that the bending moment for tower and pontoons had two peak values when the response for each wave period was examined. The peak in the short-wave period was due to sagging when the wavelength matched the floater length. The other peak was due to the largest tower top acceleration, which caused a large bending moment at the tower base and pontoon to support the inertia force.
floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT), elastic characteristics, guy wires, wave tests
Rodolfo T. Gonçalves
Lucas H. S. Carmo