Abstract

Focus on the 75-meter-depth offshore area, an articulated buoy is proposed for supporting NREL 5 MW offshore wind turbine. Based on the optimization, the main parameters are set for better hydro performance and less environmental loads. According to the quasi-static approach, the intact stability was examined. Then, an in-house code was programmed to simulate the dynamic response of the articulated offshore wind turbine. The aerodynamic load on rotating blades and the wind pressure load on tower are calculated based on the blade element momentum theory and the empirical formula, respectively. The hydrodynamic performance is simulated by the 3-D potential flow theory. The motions of platform, the loads on the articulated hinge and the power generation performance are documented in different cases. According to the simulations, the articulated offshore wind turbine shows good hydrodynamic performance under operation conditions.

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