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Fatigue life assessment of offshore wind turbine foundations: challenges and opportunities

Event organised by Offshore Engineering Society

01 November 2023
18:00 - 20:00 GMT
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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Offshore wind turbines (OWTs) are typically designed for two to three decades of operation. One of the main challenges in the design and life assessment of OWTs is the evolution of fatigue and corrosion-fatigue damage due to the constant exertion of wind, wave and current forces in the highly corrosive environments.

Considering that hundreds of OWTs will be coming to the end of initial design life in the UK and Europe within the next decade, it is quite essential to accurately evaluate the level of accumulated damage in the aged foundations in order to make appropriate decisions regarding decommissioning, life-extension and re-powering.

The aim of this talk is to present the fatigue design and life assessment challenges and opportunities associated with the currently installed and future generation of OWTs, with the view to enhance long-term structural integrity management of the aged offshore wind infrastructure.

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The Offshore Engineering Society

The Offshore Engineering Society

The OES acts to promote interest and scholarship in both the scientific and applied aspects of offshore engineering.


Ali Mehmanparast

Ali Mehmanparast

University of Strathclyde

Professor of Structural Integrity

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Ali Mehmanparast

Prof. Mehmanparast received his MEng degree in 2008 and PhD degree in 2012, both from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College London. Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde in 2022, he worked at Imperial College London and Cranfield University as a research associate, lecturer, senior lecturer and reader between 2012 and 2021. His research is mainly focussed on the design optimisation, life extension and integrity assessment of offshore wind turbines using advanced modelling, experimental and manufacturing techniques. He has published over 120 journal and conference papers on life assessment of energy materials and currently serves as energy engineering subject editor for Elsevier’s Journal of Engineering Failure Analysis. 

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