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Research Papers: Alternative Energy Sources

Design of Scour Protection Systems in Offshore Wind Farms

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Clara Matutano

Research Group on Marine,
Coastal and Port Environment and
other Sensitive Areas,
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid,
Avd. Professor Aranguren,
Madrid 28040, Spain
e-mail: clara.matutano@gmail.com

Vicente Negro

Research Group on Marine,
Coastal and Port Environment and
other Sensitive Areas,
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid,
Avd. Professor Aranguren,
Madrid 28040, Spain
e-mail: vicente.negro@upm.es

José-Santos López-Gutiérrez

Research Group on Marine,
Coastal and Port Environment and
other Sensitive Areas,
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid,
Avd. Professor Aranguren,
Madrid 28040, Spain
e-mail: josesantos.lopez@upm.es

M. Dolores Esteban

Research Group on Marine,
Coastal and Port Environment and
other Sensitive Areas,
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid,
Avd. Professor Aranguren,
Madrid 28040, Spain
e-mail: mariadolores.esteban@upm.es

Contributed by the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received October 21, 2014; final manuscript received April 23, 2015; published online May 8, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Ryo Amano.

J. Energy Resour. Technol 137(5), 051204 (Sep 01, 2015) (5 pages) Paper No: JERT-14-1346; doi: 10.1115/1.4030444 History: Received October 21, 2014; Revised April 23, 2015; Online May 08, 2015

Scour compromises the operation of offshore facilities. This article describes the results of an investigation aimed at the analysis of different methods used in the scour protection systems design at offshore wind farms. The study is focused on transitional waters, where monopile foundations present medium or large diameters. Using the experience of offshore wind farms currently installed, a new design formula is proposed. All of this with the aim of improving a preliminary design of scour protection systems considering maritime parameters.

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Substructure types for European offshore wind farms [4]

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Location of European wind farms studied: own research

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