Research on Dynamic Response Characteristics of 6MW Spar-Type Floating Offshore Wind Turbine

  • Long Meng (孟龙)
  • Yanping He (何炎平)Email author
  • Tao Zhou (周涛)
  • Yongsheng Zhao (赵永生)
  • Yadong Liu (刘亚东)


A 6MW spar-type floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) model is put forward and a fully coupled aero-hydro-servo-elastic time domain model is established in the fatigue, aerodynamics, structures and turbulence (FAST) code. Influence rules of wind load and wave load on the characteristics of 6MW spar-type FOWT are investigated. Firstly, validation of the model is carried out and a satisfactory result is obtained. The maximal deviations of rotor thrust and power between simulation results and reference values are 4.54% and −2.74%, respectively. Then the characteristics, including rotor thrust, rotor power, out-of-plane blade deflection, tower base fore-aft bending moment, and mooring line tension, are researched. The results illustrate that the mean value of dynamic response characteristics is mainly controlled by the wind-induced action. For characteristics of tower base fore-aft bending moment and platform pitch motion, the oscillation is dominated by the wave-induced action during all conditions considered. For characteristics of out-of-plane blade tip deflection and mooring line tension, the oscillation is commanded by combination effect of wave and wind loads when the wind speed is lower than the rated wind speed (hereinafter referred to as below rated wind speed) and is controlled by the wave-induced action when the wind speed is higher than the rated wind speed (hereinafter referred to as above rated wind speed). As to the rotor thrust and power, the oscillation is dominated by the wind induced action at below rated wind speed and by the combination action of wind and wave loads at above rated wind speed. The results should be useful to the detailed design and model basin test of the 6MW spar-type FOWT.

Key words

floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) time domain response wind and wave loads dynamic response characteristics 

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U 661 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Long Meng (孟龙)
    • 1
  • Yanping He (何炎平)
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tao Zhou (周涛)
    • 1
  • Yongsheng Zhao (赵永生)
    • 1
  • Yadong Liu (刘亚东)
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Ocean Engineering; Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration; School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil EngineeringShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

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