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Wind Energy Seminar Series: "The Fluid Physics Challenges of Offshore Wind Plants"


Friday, March 26, 2021 - 12:00pm


Professor Matthew Lackner, University of Massachusetts





The fluid physics of offshore wind plants offer unique challenges that distinguish them from onshore wind plants. Offshore wind plants developed in the coming decade are likely to have enormous spatial scales compared to onshore plants, with hundreds of turbines operating, each with rotor diameters exceeding 200 m. In this talk, several the fluid physics challenges for offshore wind plants will be discussed, including modeling, simulation, and measurement challenges. These include: the interaction between the atmospheric flow physics and the ocean; the complex unsteady aerodynamics of floating wind turbines, which experience dynamic platform motion; the hydrodynamic modeling and measurement challenges of floating platforms