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Numerical modeling and simulation of horizontal axis floating offshore wind turbines

Grant number: 18/26207-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2019
Effective date (End): May 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Transport Phenomena
Principal researcher:Bruno Souza Carmo
Grantee:Marielle de Oliveira
Home Institution: Escola Politécnica (EP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The interest in floating offshore wind turbines for deep water applications has been intensified due to the limitations of bottom fixed structures. A primary challenge for such devices relies on the complex dynamics regarding the coupling between the hydrodynamics of the floating structure and the aerodynamics of the wind turbine. To obtain a reliable estimation, this work proposes a detailed computational fluid dynamic model, which will be used to understand the physics and validate simplified models. Subsequently, the modeling of a group of wind turbines is aimed to be performed to evaluate the influence of wakes on the dynamics of the turbines. In addition, this work intends to investigate the effect of the control system to increase the overall group efficiency and minimize the cost of energy produced. (AU)

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