Some Results on the Vulnerability Assessment of HAWTs Subjected to Wind and Seismic Actions
AbstractThe spread of the wind energy industry has caused the construction of wind farms in areas prone to high seismic activity. Accordingly, the analysis of wind turbine loading associated with earthquakes is of crucial importance for an accurate assessment of their structural safety. Within this topic, this paper presents some preliminary results of a probabilistic framework intended to be used for the estimation of the probability of failure of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine-supporting structures when subjected to the wind and seismic actions. In particular, the multi-hazard fragility curves of the wind turbine-supporting structure were calculated using Monte Carlo simulations. A decoupling approach consisting of aerodynamic analysis of the rigid rotor blade model and subsequent linear dynamic Finite Element analyses of the supporting structure, including aerodynamic damping, was used. The failure condition of the tower structure was estimated according to the stress design procedure proposed by EC3 for the buckling limit state assessment. Finally, the vulnerability assessment of HAWTs to wind and seismic actions was evaluated in terms of fragility curves describing the probability of failure of the supporting tower structure as a function of the Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA) for each parked and operational wind condition. In particular, the results highlight a probability of failure larger than 50% for high levels of seismic action (PGA greater than 0.7 g) combined with the rotor in parked condition (wind speed of 3 m/s) or in operational rated condition (wind speed of 11.4 m/s). View Full-Text
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Avossa, A.M.; Demartino, C.; Contestabile, P.; Ricciardelli, F.; Vicinanza, D. Some Results on the Vulnerability Assessment of HAWTs Subjected to Wind and Seismic Actions. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1525.
Avossa AM, Demartino C, Contestabile P, Ricciardelli F, Vicinanza D. Some Results on the Vulnerability Assessment of HAWTs Subjected to Wind and Seismic Actions. Sustainability. 2017; 9(9):1525.Chicago/Turabian Style
Avossa, Alberto M.; Demartino, Cristoforo; Contestabile, Pasquale; Ricciardelli, Francesco; Vicinanza, Diego. 2017. "Some Results on the Vulnerability Assessment of HAWTs Subjected to Wind and Seismic Actions." Sustainability 9, no. 9: 1525.
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