Active Vibration Control of a Monopile Offshore Structure

Søren R. K. Nielsen, Poul Henning Kirkegaard, L. Thesbjerg

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    In the Danish part of the North Sea monopile platforms with a cylindrical shaft have been used at the exploitation of marginal fields. In the paper a new principle for active vibration control of such structures is suggested. The principle is based on a control of the boundary layer flow around the cylinder of the platform, so the drag force in the generalized Morison equation is increased whenever it is acting in the opposite direction of the cylinder motion, whereas an unchanged drag force is applied, whenever it is acting co-directionally to the cylinder motion. The inertial force of the wave load is not subjected to control. The increased drag force is obtained by forcing the boundary layers to separate by blowing air into the boundary layer from the inside through small holes in the cylinder surface placed at a relatively large distance from the water surface. The control is specified by the sign of the fluid velocity relative to the platform, and only this quantity need to be measured, which is easily performed by a flow meter fixed to the platform. The efficiency of the described closed loop control system has been verified by model tests in a wave flume in both regular and irregular wave conditions, where reductions in the vibration level of up to 50% have been registered.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalStructural Control and Health Monitoring
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)223-234
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 1999


    • Active Vibration Control
    • Offshore Structures
    • Monopile
    • Boundary Layer Flow
    • Wave Mechanics

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