Articles | Volume 5, issue 3
Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 1121–1128, 2020

Special issue: Wind Energy Science Conference 2019

Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 1121–1128, 2020

Research article 24 Aug 2020

Research article | 24 Aug 2020

Simplified support structure design for multi-rotor wind turbine systems

Sven Störtenbecker et al.

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Multi-rotor wind turbine systems show the potential to reduce the levelized cost of energy. In this study a simplified and fast method as a first venture to find an optimal number of rotors and design parameters is presented. A variety of space frame designs are dimensioned based on ultimate loads and buckling, as a preliminary step for later detailed analyses.