Floating Wind Turbine Control Optimization: Article No. 042021

Daniel Zalkind, Nikhar Abbas, John Jasa, Alan Wright, Paul Fleming

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We present a framework for optimizing the control parameters of floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs). The framework combines aeroelastic simulations with a systems engineering model and control software. In an example of the optimization framework, we minimize tower damage equivalent loading with generator speed constraints. We also study the effect of thrust-limiting control and quantify the trade off between fatigue loading and energy capture using a set of optimal controller designs. Finally, we optimize the controller of four different FOWT models and compare their dynamic responses. Additional details and other use cases for the framework are presented, which can optimize different control problems and evaluate FOWT designs.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5000-82038


  • controls
  • floating
  • optimization
  • wind


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