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Experimental analysis of the effect of waves on a floating wind turbine

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Date Issued:
2013
Summary:
The goal of this Thesis is to demonstrate, through experimentation, that ocean waves have a positive effect on the performance of an offshore wind turbine. A scale model wind turbine was placed into a wave tank that was completely covered and fitted with a variable speed fan to create different wind and wave conditions for testing. Through testing, different power coefficient vs. tip speed ratio graphs were created and a change in power coefficient was observed between steady operating conditions and operating conditions with waves. The results show a promising increase in power production for offshore wind turbines when allowed to operate with the induced motion caused by the amplitude and frequency of water waves created.
Title: Experimental analysis of the effect of waves on a floating wind turbine.
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Name(s): Isaza, Francisco, author
Ghenai, Chaouki, Thesis advisor
College of Engineering and Computer Science, Degree grantor
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: single unit
Date Created: Fall 2013
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: Online Resource
Extent: 72 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The goal of this Thesis is to demonstrate, through experimentation, that ocean waves have a positive effect on the performance of an offshore wind turbine. A scale model wind turbine was placed into a wave tank that was completely covered and fitted with a variable speed fan to create different wind and wave conditions for testing. Through testing, different power coefficient vs. tip speed ratio graphs were created and a change in power coefficient was observed between steady operating conditions and operating conditions with waves. The results show a promising increase in power production for offshore wind turbines when allowed to operate with the induced motion caused by the amplitude and frequency of water waves created.
Identifier: FA0004026 (IID)
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2013.
Subject(s): Fluid mechanics
Offshore wind power plants
Renewable energy sources
Wind turbines -- Design and construction
Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library
Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.
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