Extending the Capabilities of the Mooring Analysis Program: A Survey of Dynamic Mooring Line Theories for Integration into FAST: Preprint
Techniques to model dynamic mooring lines come in various forms. The most widely used models include either a heuristic representation of the physics (such as a Lumped-Mass, LM, system), a Finite-Element Analysis (FEA) discretization of the lines (discretized in space), or a Finite-Difference (FD) model (which is discretized in both space and time). In this paper, we explore the features of the various models, weigh the advantages of each, and propose a plan for implementing one dynamic mooring line model into the open-source Mooring Analysis Program (MAP). MAP is currently used as a module for the FAST offshore wind turbine computer-aided engineering (CAE) tool to model mooring systems quasi-statically, although dynamic mooring capabilities are desired. Based on the exploration in this manuscript, the lumped-mass representation is selected for implementation in MAP based on its simplicity, computational cost, and ability to provide similar physics captured by higher-order models.
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- Conference: To be presented at the 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, 8-13 June 2014, San Francisco, California
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- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
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- USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Wind and Water Power Technologies Office
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- United States
- 17 WIND ENERGY; 42 ENGINEERING; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION FAST; MOORING LINE MODEL; MOORING ANALYSIS PROGRAM; MAP; COMPUTER-AIDED ENGINEERING; NREL; Wind Energy
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