Coupled analysis of offshore wind turbine jacket structures with pile-soil-structure interaction using FAST v8 and X-SEA
Dinh, Duc V.
The coupled analysis between a turbine in operating condition and a complex jacket support structure was formulated in this paper for the reliable evaluation of offshore wind turbine structures including pile-soil-structure interactions (PSSIs). Discussions on the theoretical and simulation aspects of the coupled analysis are presented. The dynamic coupled analysis was implemented in X-SEA program and validated with FAST v8 (fatigue, aerodynamics, structures and turbulence) developed by NREL, USA. By replacing the sub-structural module in the FAST with the component of offshore substructure in the X-SEA, the reaction forces and the turbine loads were calculated in each time step and the results from X-SEA were compared with that from FAST. It showed very good agreement with each other. A case study of a NREL 5MW offshore wind turbine on a jacket support structure was performed. Coupled dynamic analyses of offshore wind turbine and support structures with PSSI were carried out. The results showed that in the coupled analysis, the responses of the structure are significantly less than in the uncoupled analysis. The support structure considering PSSI exhibited decreased natural frequencies and more flexible responses compared to the fixed-support structure. The implemented coupled analysis including PSSI was shown to be more accurate and computationally efficient.
Offshore wind turbine , Jacket foundation , Coupled analysis , Soil-pile-structure interaction , FEM model
Plodpradit, P., Dinh, V.N. and Kim, K.D., 2019. Coupled analysis of offshore wind turbine jacket structures with pile-soil-structure interaction using FAST v8 and X-SEA. Applied Sciences, 9(8), (1633). DOI:10.3390/app9081633