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Numerical modeling of sediment scouring phenomenon around the offshore wind turbine pile in marine environment


In recent years, with daily progress in technology, application of wind turbines for energy generation has become common all around the world. Installation of these turbines at sea encountered a great deal of challenge. One of the most important challenges is scouring around the piles of these turbines due to sea waves and current interaction. Many studies have been conducted in this respect; however, the results are insufficient, and the phenomenon remains poorly understood in tripod wind turbines. In this work, an attempt is made by combining the waves and currents, and changing the substructure of the turbine and the type of the bed materials, to extend the investigation of this phenomenon. The current research is focused on presenting the trend of changes in the amount of scouring. By changing the conditions (including variation in the wave height, variation of the current velocity, variation of the pile diameter, and variation in the size of bed particles), one can arrive at an appropriate estimate and prediction of the shape and the depth of the scour pit.

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Aminoroayaie Yamini, O., Mousavi, S.H., Kavianpour, M.R. et al. Numerical modeling of sediment scouring phenomenon around the offshore wind turbine pile in marine environment. Environ Earth Sci 77, 776 (2018).

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  • Wind turbine
  • Sediment scour
  • Waves
  • Current