This paper describes characteristics of motion responses and tether tensions of a floating structure with four moon pools, on which one or two vertical axis wind turbine models are installed. Effects of several moon pools founded in a floating structure on motion characteristics have been unclear.
In this study, the authors proposed a twin-VAWT installed floating system, which was a pontoon based structure. However four moon pools were set on. The study conducted model experiments in a wave tank using regular waves with 0.6 to 2.0 seconds in wave periods and 0.02 and 0.04 m in wave height. The model had four moon pools and was installed with one or two vertical axis turbine models. From it, gyroscopic moment effects were investigated. Besides, the study performed numerical calculations with the linear potential theory based method which were a Green function method.
As a results, responses of the twin-turbine model are not affected by gyroscopic moment. The study discusses motion responses and tether tensions with nonlinear behaviours from mainly the experimental results. Also the effect of moon pools were investigated from the calculations. From comparisons of motion results on calculation models with same displacement but different draft, the results suggested that not only heave motion but also roll motion could be reduced because of the moon pools if the size of the moon pools were optimized.