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Mário Vieira https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2986-9757 Luís Reis https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9848-9569 Diogo Vasconcelos https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5011-0166 Diogo Dias

Abstract

Wind power technologies are being used as a mean of harvesting the energy from the wind with low carbon impact and with great potential to contribute to a new energy paradigm. Great benefits may arise from the use of offshore turbines, such as having a reduced visual impact, if far enough from the coast, or being able to produce more energy due to the use of bigger turbines. Current challenges for these technologies include producing a stable and profitable platform that allow turbines to be installed in deep waters, meaning that these solutions need to be of floating type. An example of such structure is the foundation developed by the DeepCWind consortium, which is evaluated for its structural integrity on this document. The evaluation consists of modal and static/transient analyses, according to a selected Design Loading Case, which is defined for the certification of wind turbines’ offshore foundations. The objective is to observe how this structure would perform when subjected to a simulated real life loading. The DeepCWind foundation exhibited great difficulties enduring the applied loads. Therefore, a structurally improved platform was design with the aim of successfully passing the load case.

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Section
SI: Structural Integrity and Safety: Experimental and Numerical Perspectives

How to Cite

Vieira, M., Reis, L., Vasconcelos, D. and Dias, D. (2019) “Structural Evaluation of the DeepCWind Offshore Wind Foundation”, Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale, 14(51), pp. 24-44. doi: 10.3221/IGF-ESIS.51.03.

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