Adaptive Inflatable Structures for protecting wind turbines against ship collisions

Cezary Graczykowski, Jaakko Heinonen

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    Collisions of small ships are one of main dangers for the offshore wind turbines. Using inflatable structures surrounding the tower on the water level is a possibility of effective protection. Modelling of such structures is based on interaction between solid wall and fluid enclosed inside. Inflatable structures can be adapted to various impact schemes by adjusting initial pressure and controlling release of compressed air by opening piezo-valves. Simulations of ship collision with 2D model of wind turbine tower protected by pneumatic structure are presented in the report. Numerical analysis is performed using ABAQUS/Standard and ABAQUS/Explicit. Performed feasibility study proves that inflatable structures can protect wind turbine tower and ship against serious damages.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages127
    ISBN (Electronic)951-38-6611-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Working Papers


    • marine casualties
    • accidents
    • collisions
    • small vessels
    • inflatable structures
    • pneumatic structures
    • offshore wind turbines
    • adaptive impact absorption
    • modelling
    • ABAQUS


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