Posted by: Wind Energy Update Authored by: Jason Deign in Barcelona
The offshore wind farms standing proud in the North Sea are in danger of tumbling down unless developers start using a new way of anchoring them to the seabed….“These supports are not designed to transfer bending movent from wind loading. Due to the dynamic loading from the wind, fatigue cracks can initiate and propagate into the main steel structure. How severe it is depends on loading and utilization with respect to capacity,” says Svein Inge Leirgulen, spokesperson for DNV, a risk-avoidance foundation that looked into the problem in 2009. Read Full Article Here.