Articles | Volume 7, issue 4
Wind Energ. Sci., 7, 1711–1729, 2022
Wind Energ. Sci., 7, 1711–1729, 2022
Research article
19 Aug 2022
Research article | 19 Aug 2022

Wind tunnel investigation of the aerodynamic response of two 15 MW floating wind turbines

Alessandro Fontanella et al.

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The aerodynamics of floating wind turbines is complicated by large motions permitted by the foundation. The interaction between turbine, wind, and wake is not yet fully understood. The wind tunnel experiments of this paper shed light on the aerodynamic force and wake response of the floating IEA 15 MW turbine subjected to platform motion as would occur during normal operation. This will help future research on turbine and wind farm control.