Comparative analysis of offshore support structures for two-bladed large wind turbines (10+MW) in deep waters

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The offshore wind market is developing towards exploiting wind resources in deeper water sites. Inevitably, this fuels new research and feasibility studies on alternative solutions for the wind turbine support structures. Within this context, this work aims at comparing three different support structure design concepts for a 14 MW two-bladed downwind wind turbine: an XXL monopile, a hybrid jacket-tower and a lattice tower. To ensure a fair comparability of the three design concepts, a load capacity analysis is first performed to assess the yield strength of each concept and guarantee a similar material utilization. The comparative analysis is then carried out in terms of total mass, dynamic behaviour of the interaction between rotor and support structure, soil-structure interaction and resulting hydrodynamic forces. Based on the given design constraints, the preliminary results of this study favour a lattice tower solution. The study also highlights peculiar dynamic phenomena such as veering, mode hybridization and mode coalescence for the dynamic interaction between the lattice tower and the two-bladed rotor which need to be taken into account during the design phase.
Original languageEnglish
Article number 052076
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventScience of Making Torque from Wind 2020, TORQUE 2020 - Online, Virtual, Online, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Sep 20202 Oct 2020


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