Risk, Reliability, and Offshore Wind Turbine Support Structures

Education - Lecture/Discussion - WPI Only

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
12:00 PM-12:50 PM

Kaven Hall

Sanjay R. Arwade, Associate Professor, UMass Amherst: Prof. Arwade has studied structural engineering and mechanics at Princeton University (B.S.E.) and Cornell University (M.S. and Ph.D.). He has been on the faculty of civil engineering at Johns Hopkins and the University of Massachusetts Amherst where his research into stochastic material mechanics and structural reliability has been funded by the National Science Foundation and industry and state groups.

Offshore wind energy development off the coast of the eastern US entails risk of extreme loading due to hurricanes that differs from the risk profile experienced by northern European wind farms. In order to assess this risk profile novel models for the coastal wind and wave hazard are being developed. In addition, capacity assessment of offshore wind turbine support structures requires treatment of non-proportionality of wind and wave loading as storm intensity scales up. Finally, these approaches can be combined to predict probability of failure for support structures.

Suggested Audiences: College

E-mail: CEE@wpi.edu

Last Modified: March 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

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