Sensitivity analysis of design parameters for reliability assessment of offshore wind turbine jacket support structures

Shittu, Abdulhakim Adeoye and Mehmanparast, Ali and Amirafshari, Peyman and Hart, Phil and Kolios, Athanasios (2022) Sensitivity analysis of design parameters for reliability assessment of offshore wind turbine jacket support structures. International Journal of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, 14. 100441. ISSN 2092-6790 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnaoe.2022.100441)

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Abstract

Offshore wind turbine (OWT) support structures are subjected to hostile environments, defined by highly stochastic loads and complex soil-structure interaction, and thus the need for a probabilistic approach towards design. The study carried out herein presents the sensitivity analysis of these inherent stochastic variables imposed on a complex OWT support structure via purpose-developed modular non-intrusive structural reliability assessment formulation. The results from this study reveal that the uncertainties in the wind speed is a structural design driving factor and the hydrodynamic load effects are secondary to this, for the ultimate (ULS) and fatigue limit states (FLS) while their relative sensitivities on the serviceability limit state (SLS) cannot be clearly distinguished but are seen to have a dominant impact. Also, it was inferred that incorporating correlation between the variables have a significant impact on the reliability of the structure in the ULS design.

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Shittu, Abdulhakim Adeoye, Mehmanparast, Ali, Amirafshari, Peyman ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5394-9648, Hart, Phil and Kolios, Athanasios ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6711-641X;