Offshore structures are exposed to enormous forces, not only above but also underwater. Wind, waves, currents and ground conditions affect the stability immensely.

Current and sea loads

The sea loads of large monopile structures are determined by means of a simulation method for free-surface frictional flows in order to be able to construct larger, more efficient offshore wind turbines with high stability in the future.

Lifetime prediction

A validated lifetime prediction model is being developed, which can be adapted to any offshore wind turbine type based on monopiles

Scour phenomenon

The project deals with the establishment of offshore wind turbines and the important phenomenon of scour in this context. The aim is to model and simulate the scour process on the research platforms FINO1 and FINO3.

Durability analysis

The aim is to improve the analysis of the actual operating life of fixed offshore structures subject to environmental conditions.

Tower vibration sensors

The goal is the testing of tower vibration sensors.

Pillar foundation

The aim of the measurements is to investigate the mechanical-dynamic phenomena in the soil and thus to clarify the question of which mechanisms must be assumed to be decisive in the investigation and proof of stability.

Structure of the ground

Under dynamic load caused by currents, waves and wind pressure, changes in the sediment structure may occur in the immediate vicinity of offshore structures. The aim is to determine the temporal evolution and spatial extent of these effects through dynamic loading.