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Simplified critical mudline bending moment spectra of offshore wind turbine support structures

Bhattacharya, S, Arany, L, Macdonald, J and Hogan, SJ (2014) Simplified critical mudline bending moment spectra of offshore wind turbine support structures Wind Energy.

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Offshore wind turbines are subjected to multiple dynamic loads arising from the wind, waves, rotational frequency (1P) and blade passing frequency (3P) loads. In the literature, these loads are often represented using a frequency plot where the power spectral densities (PSDs) of wave height and wind turbulence are plotted against the corresponding frequency range. The PSD magnitudes are usually normalized to unity, probably because they have different units, and thus, the magnitudes are not directly comparable. In this paper, a generalized attempt has been made to evaluate the relative magnitudes of these four loadings by transforming them into bending moment spectra using site-specific and turbine-specific data. A formulation is proposed to construct bending moment spectra at the mudline, i.e. at the location where the highest fatigue damage is expected. Equally, this formulation can also be tailored to find the bending moment at any other critical cross section, e.g. the transition piece level. Finally, an example case study is considered to demonstrate the application of the proposed methodology. The constructed spectra serve as a basis for frequency-domain fatigue estimation methods available in the literature

Item Type: Article
Authors :
Bhattacharya, S
Arany, L
Macdonald, J
Hogan, SJ
Date : 1 October 2014
DOI : 10.1002/we.1812
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 15:53
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 17:11

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