Floating Offshore Wind Energy

Part of the series Green Energy and Technology pp 133-240


Modelling of Floating Offshore Wind Technologies

  • Denis MathaAffiliated withRamboll Wind
  • , Joao CruzAffiliated withCruz Atcheson Consulting Engineers Lda Email author 
  • , Marco MasciolaAffiliated withABS Consulting
  • , Erin E. BachynskiAffiliated withMarine Technology Centre, MARINTEK
  • , Mairéad AtchesonAffiliated withCruz Atcheson Consulting Engineers Lda
  • , Andrew J. GoupeeAffiliated withUniversity of Maine
  • , Sébastien M. H. GueydonAffiliated withMaritime Research Institute of the Netherlands
  • , Amy N. RobertsonAffiliated withNational Renewable Energy Laboratory

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The modelling of FOWT forms a critical stage of the design process, as it allows a fully coupled dynamic assessment of the response of the concept while accounting for blade-rotor dynamics, support structure motions and mooring dynamics. For both new and for existing concepts, modelling offers the potential to test, in controlled environments, a series of assumptions and scenarios at a relatively minor cost. Two fundamental modelling approaches can be followed: numerical and experimental.