Exploiting the offshore wind resources using floating offshore wind systems at sites with deep water depths requires advanced knowledge of the system behaviour, including the hydro-, areo-, and mooring dynamics. To that end, high-fidelity numerical modelling tools, based on Computational Fluid Dynamics, can support the research and development of floating offshore wind systems by providing high-resolution data sets.
This paper presents the first steps towards the numerical modelling of tension leg platforms for floating offshore wind applications using the open-source Computational Fluid Dynamics toolbox REEF3D. The numerical model of a taut-moored structure is validated against experimental reference data. Results from wave-only test cases highlight the simplicity and effectiveness of the wave generation method, implemented in REEF3D. For the considered wave-structure interaction cases, deviations between the experimental and numerical data can be observed for the surge and pitch displacements, while the heave displacement and the mooring forces are capture with sufficient accuracy. Overall, the numerical results indicate high potential of REEF3D to be used for the modelling of floating offshore wind systems.