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Test Effort: Analysis of the Efficacy of Conventional Sorbent Materials Exposed to Selected Categories of Dielectric Fluids

This new project will test Type I sorbents efficacy when exposed to three - (3) categories of Dielectric fluids. These will include natural ester, synthetic ester, and mineral oil (hydrocarbon) based fluids. The work will be performed at Ohmsett with testing completed to BSEE Oil Spill Research and Response (OSRR) project specifications. It will compare the findings to a selected control conventional oil product and will provide performance data to stakeholders to facilitate decision making for oil spill preparedness and response operations. 

Renewable Energy Remote Inspections

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the available options for conducting remote inspections on offshore wind turbines (above and below the water line) by; identifying commercially available technologies can be used for remote inspections, maintenance, testing, and repair; determining the types of inspections, testing, maintenance, and repairs that can be conducted remotely, developing a list of the critical components that can be inspected, tested maintained and/or repaired through remote capabilities; identify current and future remote capabilities; and identify best practices for doc

Assessment of Partially verses Fully Coupled Dynamic Analysis of Offshore Wind Turbines

To compare partially and fully coupled dynamic analyses of offshore wind turbines.

Offshore wind turbines are designed and analyzed using simulation methods (computer codes) capable of predicting the coupled dynamic loads and responses of the systems. A partially coupled analysis using load exchange may be desirable due to intellectual property rights issues between designers of the various components. The validity of this partially coupled analysis method should be investigated for offshore wind turbines with various types of foundations.

Development of Guidelines for Structural Health Monitoring for Offshore Wind

The guidelines for structural health monitoring will be based on the experience from various long term monitoring schemes conducted in Europe for offshore wind turbine foundations and other platform structures within the more mature offshore oil and gas industry. The guidelines will be organized by monitoring topics relevant for different types of foundations including monopiles, pre-piled jackets, bucket and gravity base foundations and anchored floaters, recommended arrangement for monitoring systems will be described for each topic.

Breaking Waves

The goal of this proposed work is to develop superior methods for determining the onset of breaking waves and their impact loads on offshore support structures for wind turbines in shallow waters, using high-fidelity CFD simulations. To accomplish this goal, we will partner with Fishermen's Energy LLC, who will provide metocean data and structural models that will inform our activities. We will examine breaking wave conditions in the U.S. for proposed offshore wind turbine support structures.

Fatigue Design Methodologies Applicable to Complex Fixed and Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

This study aims to: (a) Evaluate fatigue design criteria for offshore wind turbine support structures; (b) Study fatigue design methodologies applicable to complex fixed and floating offshore wind turbine support structures; and (c) Recommend a rational, practical, fatigue design method for offshore wind turbine support structures.

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