Validation of Hydrodynamic Load Models Using CFD for the OC4-DeepCwind Semisubmersible: Preprint
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations were carried out on the OC4-DeepCwind semi-submersible to obtain a better understanding of how to set hydrodynamic coefficients for the structure when using an engineering tool such as FAST to model the system. The focus here was on the drag behavior and the effects of the free-surface, free-ends and multi-member arrangement of the semi-submersible structure. These effects are investigated through code-to-code comparisons and flow visualizations. The implications on mean load predictions from engineering tools are addressed. The work presented here suggests that selection of drag coefficients should take into consideration a variety of geometric factors. Furthermore, CFD simulations demonstrate large time-varying loads due to vortex shedding, which FAST's hydrodynamic module, HydroDyn, does not model. The implications of these oscillatory loads on the fatigue life needs to be addressed.
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- Conference: To be presented at the ASME 2015 International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, 31 May - 5 June 2015, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
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- National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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- USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Wind Power Technologies Office
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- United States
- 17 WIND ENERGY; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; MODEL VALIDATION; OC4-DEEPCWIND SEMISUBMERSIBLE; FAST; HYDRODYN; CFD; OPENFOAM; Wind Energy
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