Streamlined Loads Analysis of Floating Wind Turbines With Fiber Rope Mooring Lines: Preprint

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This paper presents an approach for more accurate yet relatively streamlined accounting for the nonlinear characteristics of synthetic fiber rope mooring lines for floating wind turbines. First, we select a minimal set of parameters that can efficiently approximate a mooring line material's quasi-static and dynamic stiffness characteristics. We also develop a set of baseline coefficients for different rope materials based on published product information and research papers. We then expand a quasi-static mooring model to include dynamic mooring line stiffness terms in a way that allows the nonlinear stiffness behavior of fiber ropes to be considered even in quasi-static analyses. For dynamic analysis, we have updated the model MoorDyn, coupled with OpenFAST, to work with the new dynamic mooring line stiffness terms. This includes the implementation of a new viscoelastic approach that allows the tension-strain relation of each mooring line segment to vary between two stiffness values depending on the strain rate. After presenting the formulation of the approaches for modeling synthetic ropes, they are demonstrated on a floating wind turbine mooring system with taut polyester rope mooring lines. The results are compared with those of other approaches of similar fidelity including the static-dynamic method and separate simulations with static and dynamic stiffness values. Comparing the results shows the ability of the new method to match the results of the previous methods in a more streamlined manner.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2024
EventInternational Offshore Wind Technical Conference - Exeter, UK
Duration: 18 Dec 202319 Dec 2023


ConferenceInternational Offshore Wind Technical Conference
CityExeter, UK

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5000-89201 for paper as published in proceedings

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5000-87481


  • elasticity
  • mooring model
  • mooring system
  • polyester
  • synthetic rope


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