Experimental Validation of Aero-Hydro-Servo-Elastic Models of a Scaled Floating Offshore Wind Turbine

Kasper Jessen, Kasper Laugesen, Signe Møller Mortensen, Jesper Kirkegaard Jensen, Mohsen N. Soltani

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Floating offshore wind turbines are complex dynamical systems. The use of numerical models is an essential tool for the prediction of the fatigue life, ultimate loads and controller design. The simultaneous wind and wave loading on a non-stationary foundation with a flexible tower makes the development of numerical models difficult, the validation of these numerical models is a challenging task as the floating offshore wind turbine system is expensive and the testing of these may cause loss of the system. The validation of these numerical models is often made on scaled models of the floating offshore wind turbines, which are tested in scaled environmental conditions. In this study, an experimental validation of two numerical models for a floating offshore wind turbines will be conducted. The scaled model is a 1:35 Froude scaled 5 MW offshore wind turbine mounted on a tension-leg platform. The two numerical models are aero-hydro-servo-elastic models. The numerical models are a theoretical model developed in a MATLAB/Simulink environment by the authors, while the other model is developed in the turbine simulation tool FAST. A comparison between the numerical models and the experimental dynamics shows good agreement. Though some effects such as the periodic loading from rotor show a complexity, which is difficult to capture.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1244
JournalApplied Sciences
Issue number6
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Floating Offshore Wind Turbine
  • FOWT
  • Scaled Model
  • FAST
  • Experimental model verification
  • Coupled model
  • Aero-hydro-servo-elastic
  • TLP
  • Scaled model
  • Theoretical coupled model
  • Aero-Hydro-Servo-Elastic
  • Floating offshore wind turbine


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