In the present article, progress on the development of an aero-hydro-servo-elastic coupled model of dynamics for floating Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) is presented, called FloVAWT (Floating Vertical Axis Wind Turbine). Aerodynamics is based on Paraschivoiu’s Double-Multiple Streamtube (DMST) model [1] [2], relying on blade element momentum (BEM) theory, but also taking into account three-dimensional effects, dynamic stall, and unsteady wind profiles and platform motions. Hydrodynamics is modelled with a time domain seakeeping model [3], based on hydrodynamic coefficients estimated with a frequency analysis potential method. In this first phase of the research program, the system is considered a rigid body. The mooring system is represented through a user defined force-displacement relationship.

Due to the lack of experimental data on offshore floating VAWTs, the model has initially been validated by taking each module separately and comparing it against known experimental data, showing good agreement. The capabilities of the program are illustrated through a case study, giving an insight on the relative importance of aerodynamics loads and gyroscopic effects with respect to hydrodynamic load effects.

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