Wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas has said that it has collaborated with Ramboll to develop the industry’s first encapsulated foundation load software tool.
MHI has said that for the first time in offshore wind, developers and foundation designers can now perform preliminary, integrated load/foundation designs to optimise foundations prior to bid submission.
The foundation tool allows foundation designers to independently perform integrated load analyses in an encapsulated, or closed-system, version of the full turbine model used for detailed foundation load simulations.
MHI has said that the Smart Foundation Loads tool produces substantive improvements in preliminary foundation designs, further optimising an offshore wind developer’s business case.
Designed with engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash, the software optimises Front End Engineering & Design studies with more accurate early stage modeling and a reduced risk profile for future MHI Vestas projects. The concept was verified on a full-site calculation basis, with the loads producing a near-perfect match to the fully integrated model.