Boarding Control System - for Improved Accessibility to Offshore Wind Turbines

Auestad, Øyvind F., Perez, Tristan, Gravdahl, Jan T., Sorensen, Asgeir J., & Espeland, Trygve H. (2015) Boarding Control System - for Improved Accessibility to Offshore Wind Turbines. In IFAC-PapersOnLine, ELsevier, Copenhagen, pp. 229-234.


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This paper considers the dynamic modelling and motion control of a Surface Effect Ship (SES) for safer transfer of personnel and equipment from vessel to-and-from an offshore wind-turbine. Such a vessel is a key enabling factor for operation and maintenance (O&M) of offshore wind-energy infrastructure. The control system designed is referred to as Boarding Control System (BCS). We investigate the performance of this system for a specific wind-farm service vessel–The Wave Craft. A two-modality vessel model is presented to account for the vessel free motion and motion whilst in contact with a wind-turbine. On a SES, the pressurized air cushion carries the majority of the vessel mass. The control problem considered relates to the actuation of the pressure such that wave-induced vessel motions are minimized. This leads to a safer personnel transfer in developed sea-states than what is possible today. Results for the BCS is presented through simulation and model-scale craft testing.

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ID Code: 90377
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ifacol.2015.10.285
ISSN: 24058963
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Elsevier
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2015 01:34
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2016 03:27

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