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Reference Number EP/T004150/1
Title Extreme Loading on FOWT under Complex Environmental Conditions
Status Started
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 40%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr L Qian
No email address given
Computing and Mathematics
Manchester Metropolitan University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 15 October 2019
End Date 29 February 2024
Duration 52 months
Total Grant Value £353,156
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North West
Programme Energy : Energy, NC : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr L Qian , Computing and Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Professor DM Causon , Computing and Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University (0.001%)
Mr C Mingham , Computing and Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lloyd's Register EMEA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sintef, Norway (0.000%)
Project Contact , Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , DNV GL (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Floating Power Plant (0.000%)
Project Contact , Principle Power. INC. (0.000%)
Project Contact , TetraFloat Limited (0.000%)
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Abstract The offshore wind industry has experienced significant growth in recent years, and continues to expand both in the UK and worldwide. Most of the offshore wind turbines installed to date are located in relatively shallow water and are mounted on fixed bottom support structures. Given the limitation of suitable shallow water sites available with high wind resources and also to reduce the environmental and visual impact of turbines, it is necessary to extend wind turbines to deeper water through the development of floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) systems, which mount wind turbines on floating support platforms.The project aims to fill an important gap in the design, manufacturing and testing of emerging FOWT techniques by specifically characterising extreme loading on FOWTs under complex and harsh marine environments. These are typically represented by storm conditions consisting of strong wind, extreme waves, significant current, rising sea level and complex interplay between these elements, through a coordinated campaign of both advanced CFD modelling and physical wave tank tests. This has direct relevance to the current and planned activities in the UK to develop this new technology in offshore wind. In addition, the project aims to develop a suite of hierarchical numerical models that can be applied routinely for both fast and detailed analysis of the specific flow problem of environmental (wind, wave, current) loading and dynamic responses of FOWTs under realistic storm conditions. As an integral part of the project, a new experimental programme will be devised and conducted in the COAST laboratory at the University of Plymouth, providing improved understanding of the underlying physics and for validating the numerical models. Towards the end of the project, fully documented CFD software and experimental data sets will be released to relevant industrial users and into the Public Domain, so that they may be used to aid the design of future support structures of FOWTs and to secure their survivability with an extended envelope of safe operation for maximum power output
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