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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(11), 2306; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8112306

Response Characteristics of the DeepCwind Floating Wind Turbine Moored by a Single-Point Mooring System

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Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Kasuga 8168580, Japan
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Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, Kasuga 8168580, Japan
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School of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai 264209, China
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Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Received: 19 October 2018 / Revised: 14 November 2018 / Accepted: 16 November 2018 / Published: 20 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Offshore Wind Energy)
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In recent years, the SPM (Single-Point Mooring) concept has been widely employed in several branches of the naval architecture and marine engineering field, such as FPSOs (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading units), offshore oil rigs, etc., but not yet popular in the offshore wind energy. To investigate the response characteristics of an SPM-moored FWT (Floating Wind Turbine), in the present work, we perform a numerical study on the DeepCwind semisubmersible wind turbine, using the state-of-the-art open-source tool FAST. The free-decay test results show that the SPM layout affects the natural periods of the wind turbine in rotational modes, as well as the mooring stiffness of the diagonal rotational and crossing rotational-translational terms, especially in relation to the yaw mode. Comparisons of the RAOs (Response Amplitude Operators) elucidate that the presence of wind influences significantly the sway, roll and yaw motions of the SPM layout. Finally, the weathervane test shows that an asymmetry exists in the free-yaw motion response when the semisubmersible wind turbine is moored by an SPM system. View Full-Text
Keywords: single-point mooring; semisubmersible; coupled dynamics single-point mooring; semisubmersible; coupled dynamics
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Liu, Y.; Yoshida, S.; Yamamoto, H.; Toyofuku, A.; He, G.; Yang, S. Response Characteristics of the DeepCwind Floating Wind Turbine Moored by a Single-Point Mooring System. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 2306.

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