Experimental investigation of the movement of an offshore floating platform in straight wind, tornadic wind, and downburst conditions
Atmospheric boundary layer, Downburst, Floating structure, Offshore, Offshore dynamics, Tornado
There is growing interest in multi-purpose offshore floating platforms that: harvest energy from the sun, wind, water, and waves; desalinize water; host agriculture and aquaculture; and house residents. While there are some basic commonalities with well established, oil and gas platforms, lighter variants are functionally different with little wind research coverage. Here, we investigate a floating, multi-purpose, light duty platform under 1:150 scaled straight atmospheric boundary layer wind (ABL), tornado like vortices (TLV), and downburst (DB) conditions. The experiments examined the movement of a 1:150 geometrically scaled platform with six degrees of freedom and two mooring Configurations. Four Configurations are studied, (1) Loosely moored platform, (2) Tightly moored platform, (3) Platform with ballast, and (4) Platform with ballast and weight on the deck. DB winds produced the greatest movement, followed by the TLV winds. Little movement was seen under the ABL winds. Loosely moored platforms moved more than tightly moored.
Nichol, Sarah; Carriveau, Rupp; Miller, Lindsay; Ting, D. S.K.; Romanic, Djordje; Costache, Adrian; and Hangan, Horia. (2021). Experimental investigation of the movement of an offshore floating platform in straight wind, tornadic wind, and downburst conditions. Energies, 14 (7).