News

+ 3/14 Prof. Arwade presents research at departmental seminar at Worcester Polytechnic
+ 3/14 Team organizes session at 2014 Structures Congress in Boston
+ 1/14 Two new papers in press on aerodynamic damping effects and soil-structure uncertainty for monopiles.
+ 12/13 Team awarded supplemental funding from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
+ 12/13 Prof. Myers presents work in department seminar at Johns Hopkins
+ 10/13 Profs. Myers and Arwade participate in IEC technical committee discussions on hurricane impacts
+ 11/13 Subaward to Tufts University to allow Prof. Eric Hines to join team as PI
+ 8/13 Prof. Myers attends and presents at NAWEA meeting in Boulder, visits NREL
+ 6/13 Team presents work at ICOSSAR '13 conference at Columbia University in session organized by Profs. Arwade, Myers and Manuel (Texas)
+ 8/12 NSF awards grant (1234560 and 1234656) to Northeastern and UMass Amherst to support research on hurricanes and OWTs.
+ News archive

Overview
This website describes the research being conducted at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on the risk posed to offshore wind turbines (OWTs) by hurricanes off the Atlantic coast of the United States.  The work is funded by the US National Science Foundation for 2012-2015 and this site will be used to report project progress.

Project objectives
1.     A hurricane hazard model for offshore wind turbines.
2.     Assessment of OWT resilience to hurricanes.
3.     Methods for treating interactions between the turbines composing a wind farm
4.   Development and characterization of novel design details that improve the reliability of OWT support structures. 

Overall research framework (core research tasks in red). The research objective is the development of a risk and performance-based design framework for OWT support structures.  Significant ancillary research tasks treat the interactions and spatial correlations in wind farms, and attempt to improve current OWT support structure designs for increased robustness. Industry collaboration with AIR Worldwide, NREL, and LeMessurier Consultants informs the hazard assessment, performance-level selections, OWT modeling, dissemination, and provides an industry-tested platform for evaluating our fragility approaches in wind farm assessment.