Progress on the experimental set-up for the testing of a floating offshore wind turbine scaled model in a field site

Ruzzo, Carlo and Fiamma, Vincenzo and Nava, Vincenzo and Collu, Maurizio and Failla, Giuseppe and Arena, Felice (2016) Progress on the experimental set-up for the testing of a floating offshore wind turbine scaled model in a field site. Wind Engineering, 40 (5). pp. 455-467. ISSN 0309-524X

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    Abstract

    This document describes design and realization of a small-scale field experiment on a 1:30 model of spar floating support structure for offshore wind turbines. The aim of the experiment is to investigate the dynamic behaviour of the floating wind turbine under extreme wave and parked rotor conditions. The experiment has been going on in the Natural Ocean Engineering Laboratory of Reggio Calabria (Italy). In this article, all the stages of the experimental activity are presented, and some results are shown in terms of motions and response amplitude operators. Finally, a comparison with corresponding results obtained using ANSYS AQWA software package is shown, and conclusions are drawn. The presented experimental set-up seems promising to test offshore floating structures for marine renewable energy at a relatively large scale in the Natural Ocean Engineering Laboratory field site.