Experimental testing is an important step into the design process of floating wind turbines. Testing at different scales is necessary as a project progresses. The experimental modeling of floating wind turbine requires tackling several challenges in order to represent as closely as possible the influence of the rotor on the whole structure. The physical phenomena and the forces due to wind and waves are not governed by the same laws of similitude. This incompatibility requires modeling compromises that often limit the representation fidelity a floating wind turbine in operation. The SOFTWIND project aims at developing a robust experimental platform that tackles these similitude issues by using a software in the loop approach.
This work was carried out within the framework of the SOFTWIND WEAMEC project : “Development of an experimental platform dedicated to the model testing of floating wind turbine in a wave basin through a software-in-the-loop approach”.
This project is a WEAMEC project with the funding from the Pays de la Loire Region.
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