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Analysis of the Fatigue Life of Offshore Wind Turbine Generators Under Combined Ice- and Aerodynamic Loading

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Hayo Hendrikse

TU Delft, Delft, The NetherlandsSFI SAMCoT, Trondheim, Norway

Frank W. Renting, Andrei V. Metrikine

TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands

Paper No. OMAE2014-23884, pp. V010T07A033; 10 pages
  • ASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 10: Polar and Arctic Science and Technology
  • San Francisco, California, USA, June 8–13, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4556-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


A modelled wind turbine generator subjected to combined ice- and aerodynamic loading is analyzed with the focus on its fatigue lifetime. A comparison is made between the prediction of a combined analysis, taking both ice- and wind loads into account simultaneously, and a superposition analysis, computing the response of the structure as a result of ice and wind loading separately. The accumulated fatigue damage is computed considering different descriptions of the ice load. Prescribed ice load curves from current design standards, as well as phenomenological models for the prediction of dynamic ice-structure interaction are employed. Results show that the superposition method underpredicts the accumulated fatigue damage in the range of frequency lock-in, but only when phenomenological models, which are more advanced than those recommended by the design standards, are used to model the ice load. Furthermore the predicted fatigue damage computed using the design standards for the description of the ice load is found to be much larger than that resulting from the application of the phenomenological models. It is concluded that the combined analysis is desired when phenomenological models are applied. Furthermore, improvement of the predictive capabilities of such models might ultimately lead to a reduction of the predicted fatigue damage accumulation of the combined ice- and aerodynamic load case, as compared to the current prescribed methods in standards.

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