Articles | Volume 6, issue 3
Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 677–699, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-6-677-2021
Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 677–699, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-6-677-2021

Research article 20 May 2021

Research article | 20 May 2021

A fracture mechanics framework for optimising design and inspection of offshore wind turbine support structures against fatigue failure

Peyman Amirafshari et al.

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One particular problem with structures operating in seas is the so-called fatigue phenomenon. Cyclic loads imposed by waves and winds can cause structural failure after a number of cycles. Traditional methods have some limitations. This paper presents a developed design framework based on fracture mechanics for offshore wind turbine support structures which enables design engineers to maximise the use of available inspection capabilities and optimise the design and inspection, simultaneously.