Loads on Wind Turbines Access Platforms with Gratings

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The present paper deals with loads on wind turbine access platforms. The many planned new wind turbine parks together with the observed damages on platforms in several existing parks make the topic very important. The paper gives an overview of recently developed design formulae for different types of entrance platforms. Moreover, the paper present new results on loads on grates based on both drag coefficient measurements and preliminary results on slamming from large scale tests. As expected both investigations show that platforms with grates give a significant reduction in the loads compared to closed plate platforms. The grate multiplication factor, defined as the peak load on the grate platform relative to the peak load on a closed plate platform was found approximately equal to the solidity of the grate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Engineering 2010 : Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering
EditorsJane McKee Smith, Patrick Lynett
Number of pages15
PublisherCoastal Engineering Research Council
Publication date2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering ICCE 2010 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 30 Jun 20105 Jul 2010


Conference32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering ICCE 2010
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Coastal Engineering

Bibliographical note

Paper No. 226. Published at http://journals.tdl.org/ICCE/issue/view/154


  • Horns Reef
  • Loads
  • Wave Loads
  • Wind Turbine
  • Wind Turbine Farms


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