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|Title:||Probabilistic analysis of monopile-supported offshore wind turbine in clay|
Offshore wind turbine
|Abstract:||The dynamic behaviour of monopile supported offshore wind turbines (OWTs) is considerably influenced by inherent variabilities of soil properties and loading. This study investigates the effect of uncertainties in soil shear strength properties, and wind and wave loads on the reliability of OWT structures founded in clay. The OWT system is modeled as an Euler-Bernoulli beam and soil-structure interaction is incorporated using the American Petroleum Institute based cyclic p-y relationships. The uncertainties in soil undrained shear strength, in the parameters and equations of the p-y method, and in wind velocity are considered. Random wave loads are estimated from the code specified power spectral density function of the vertical sea surface elevation. Uncertainties in OWT responses are quantified using Monte Carlo simulations. The effects of length and diameter of the monopile, vertical sea surface displacement spectrum, and the probability distribution of wind speed on the dynamic responses of OWT are investigated. The study shows that the various power spectral density functions of wave surface displacement and various probability density functions of wind speed have a marginal effect on the response and fatigue life of OWTs. The mean fundamental frequency of the OWT system is significantly affected by the variability of the undrained shear strength of clayey soil. � 2017 Elsevier Ltd|
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