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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2018, 6(3), 102;

Semi-Active Structural Control of Offshore Wind Turbines Considering Damage Development

Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G4 0LZ, UK
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Received: 29 June 2018 / Revised: 9 August 2018 / Accepted: 31 August 2018 / Published: 5 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Structures)
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High flexibility of new offshore wind turbines (OWT) makes them vulnerable since they are subjected to large environmental loadings, wind turbine excitations and seismic loadings. A control system capable of mitigating undesired vibrations with the potential of modifying its structural properties depending on time-variant loadings and damage development can effectively enhance serviceability and fatigue lifetime of turbine systems. In the present paper, a model for offshore wind turbine systems equipped with a semi-active time-variant tuned mass damper is developed considering nonlinear soil–pile interaction phenomenon and time-variant damage conditions. The adaptive concept of this tuned mass damper assumes slow change in its structural properties. Stochastic wind and wave loadings in conjunction with ground motions are applied to the system. Damages to soil and tower caused by earthquake strokes are considered and the semi-active control device is retuned to the instantaneous frequency of the system using short-time Fourier transformation (STFT). The performance of semi-active time-variant vibration control is compared with its passive counterpart in operational and parked conditions. The dynamic responses for a single seismic record and a set of seismic records are presented. The results show that a semi-active mass damper with a mass ratio of 1% performs significantly better than a passive tuned mass damper with a mass ratio of 4%. View Full-Text
Keywords: offshore wind; structural control; semi-active; tuned mass damper; earthquake offshore wind; structural control; semi-active; tuned mass damper; earthquake

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Hemmati, A.; Oterkus, E. Semi-Active Structural Control of Offshore Wind Turbines Considering Damage Development. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2018, 6, 102.

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