The design of jacket foundations for offshore wind turbine typically relies on design loads from an integrated aero-elastic model of the full turbine structure and a reduced (superelement) representation of the foundation. In this paper the influence of introducing subsequent design changes to the foundation that potentially invalidate the design loads is studied based on a generic jacket foundation subject to combined wind and wave loading. The fatigue performance is considered for the reference case as well as a number of structurally modified configurations covering changes in braces, legs, soil conditions and footprint. The modified jackets are examined for both inconsistent design loads based on the reference geometry and updated loads associated with a consistent, aero-elastic load iteration with the updated geometry and/or soil conditions. Ratios between the fatigue lives based on the inconsistent and the updated forces are presented, indicating whether an additional load iteration is essential or not. By having an overall understanding of allowable structural modifications a foundation designer is able to provide a more efficient jacket design by independently optimizing the structure in the post-processing stage.
|Titel||Special Issue: Proceedings of Eurosteel 2017|
|Publikationsdato||13 sep. 2017|
|Status||Udgivet - 13 sep. 2017|