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PO105: Co-engineering with a wind turbine OEM: a floating foundation designer's view

Raffaello Antonutti, Head of Floating Wind Load Analysis, Sofresid Engineering


Offshore wind engineering brings together major equipment designers from two worlds: wind turbines and offshore structures, each with distinctive views and requirements. Both must cooperate to integrate their products in a system functioning as a whole; hence the need for ILA (integrated load analysis) to assess performances and component loads for each party. In fixed-bottom offshore wind, established processes exist to carry out ILA iterations in co-engineering. These are not directly transposable to floating, where decoupling simplifications are unviable, making fully coupled simulations a must (i.e. foundation "talking" to the turbine and vice-versa in runtime). Given this constraint, a criticality appears: the little availability and/or adoption (at least so far) of simulation tools which i. include both wind turbine generator and floating foundation physics in full, whilst ii. ticking all the boxes in terms of quality-cost-time and model confidentiality. Past technical FEED (front-end engineering design) works as a floating foundation designer cooperating with multiple wind turbine OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) revealed the existence of radically different co-engineering strategies for global design iterations, each with specific challenges and project implications. These strategies will be analysed based on real-life experience, compared in terms of risks / opportunities, and related to the typical floating wind project context. Critical process aspects not to be overlooked will also be highlighted, especially around the topics of model validity (including frequency reliability in "Campbell" terms) and accountability.

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