Validation of CFD determined hydrodynamic coefficients for a semisubmersible floating offshore wind turbine

Likhitha Ramesh Reddy*, Daniel Milano, John Walker, Axelle Vire

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The hydrodynamic characteristics are crucial for accurately analysing floating offshore wind systems. In this paper, the added mass and damping coefficients of a semisubmersible floater are examined around the natural periods of the surge, heave, and pitch motion, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The OpenFOAM CFD setup is validated against experimental measurements from the free decay tests, and the same setup is used to determine the hydrodynamic coefficients of the platform subjected to forced motions with different amplitudes and periods. The added mass and quadratic damping coefficients obtained from forced oscillations are consistent with the free decay results. Moreover, the added mass coefficients obtained by CFD is significantly higher than the estimations of the potential flow theory: around 10% larger for surge and 22% larger for heave. The damping is almost independent of the frequency while it varies with the motion amplitude. The deviations in the CFD results from the potential flow theory are due to the viscous effects. Besides, viscous damping is dependent on the drag coefficient specified in the Morison's equation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042012
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 Science of Making Torque from Wind, TORQUE 2022 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Jun 20223 Jun 2022


  • added mass
  • damping coefficient
  • floating offshore wind turbines
  • forced oscillations
  • semi-submersible


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