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Simulation of a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine With an Integrated Response Mitigation Technology

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Christopher K. Allen, Andrew J. Goupee

University of Maine, Orono, ME

Jeffrey Lindner

LINC Research, Inc., Huntsville, AL

Robert Berry

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

Paper No. IOWTC2018-1087, pp. V001T01A034; 9 pages
  • ASME 2018 1st International Offshore Wind Technical Conference
  • ASME 2018 1st International Offshore Wind Technical Conference
  • San Francisco, California, USA, November 4–7, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5197-5
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


This work investigates the implementation of a novel, NASA-developed Fluid Harmonic Absorber (FHA) technology to mitigate platform motions and structural loads that can lead to lighter platforms, increased turbine performance, and ultimately, a lower LCOE. The novel damping strategy takes advantage of existing water ballast in the VolturnUS semi-submersible platform to achieve significant performance gains with minimal additional equipment and complexity. NREL’s FOWT software FAST is modified to include the primary features of the FHA technology. A study of the University of Maine-developed VolturnUS semi-submersible FOWT augmented with FHA technology is undertaken to quantify global performance of the system. When compared to the baseline technology, numerical simulations of a redesigned platform utilizing the FHA dampers indicate a reduction of 15.8% in hull structural material. Finally, the improvements in LCOE resulting from this mass reduction are assessed to demonstrate the advantages of NASA’s FHA technology for FOWT applications.

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