As the demand for offshore wind energy continues to grow, the strive to understand the wave forces acting on the substructure of the wind turbines continues. In regard to wind turbine design, it is vital to consider not only the total wave force, but also the local wave forces. Local forces are particularly important for the design of secondary structures as e.g. mooring platforms. Typically, however, experimental studies mainly concern total forces or idealized local forces. We present here a rather simple way to measure local forces along a model monopile. The study is conducted in a wave flume of 28 m in length, in which waves are generated by a piston-type wave maker at a water depth of 0.515 m and shoal onto a bed of slope 1:25. A model monopile is installed and subjected to forcing from a series of both regular and irregular waves. In the experimental set-up, the model monopile is fixed at the bottom and the top and consists of seven independent cylindrical sections. The cylindrical sections are connected by force transducers which measure local shear, and so the associated local forces may be determined. The measured local forces are compared to the force distribution given by Morisons equation combined with linear theory and Wheeler stretching, which is a force estimate commonly used in the industry. This study shows that the total force is rather well captured by Morison’s equation. The force distribution estimated from Morison’s equation, however, shows larger discrepancies from the measured forces. This encourages for further measurements. In this study, we show that it is possible to measure force distribution on a model monopile in a simple and cost-effective manner. The aim is here to demonstrate the method and we will later present a larger body of work associated with the outcome of the measurements.

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