Livia Brandetti and Athanasios Tsetas announced winners of ‘Best Wind and Ocean Energy Paper’ Awards

Just before the spring break the finalists of the ‘Best Wind & Ocean Energy Paper’ presented their work. Athanasios Tsetas was announced winner of the Jury Award while Livia Brandetti appeared as winner of the Audience Award.

Athanasios Tsetas deciphered the mechanics of the Gentle Driving of Piles (GDP), aiming to comprehend and optimize this innovative method for foundation installation. As a result, the deployment of offshore wind can be accelerated, while minimizing its environmental impact. Athanasios will now compete for the overall TU Delft Best Energy Paper Award, to be announced on 19 March in The Green Village.

Livia Brandetti presented a comprehensive and analytically driven exploration of a combined wind speed estimator and tip-speed ratio (WSE-TSR) tracking wind turbine control scheme. This method not only achieved optimal calibration of the WSE-TSR tracking controller but also offers a novel perspective on performance optimisation for realistic wind turbine size.

Other finalists

Mees van Vondelen started with a very clear presentation of an advanced method for more precise operational modal analysis of offshore wind turbines in the presence of harmonics. His new method showed better stability and accuracy in identifying bending modes compared to traditional methods.

Rention (Kyriakos) Pasolari illustrated the development of a hybrid Eulerian-Lagrangian solver for aerodynamic simulations. The hybrid solver exploits the advantages of both the Eulerian solver (here OpenFOAM) and the Lagrangian solver (here Vortex Particle Method), being able to resolve boundary layers accurately and evolve the wake efficiently without introducing numerical diffusion into the flow.

Yanan Zhang experimentally investigated the possibility of using aerodynamic noise for wind turbine blade erosion detection. He showed the great potential of this alternative method for non-contact detection of damage to wind turbine blades.

Tim C. Hammer presented his research on conducting real-time hybrid experiments in model ice, revealing novel and design-driving ice-induced vibration regimes of offshore wind turbines. These experiments also validated the ice model ‘VANILLA,’ used in designing offshore wind turbines in ice-infested regions like the Baltic or Bohai Sea.

Use this link to read the presentations and papers.

After the presentations, it was up to the audience to perform! In a fierce competition they built their best Floating Support Structure with prizes for the lightest and most creative design. The Award was organised by TU Delft, in cooperation with DOB-Academy. Source: TU Delft Wind Energy Institute Image: Simone Chellini

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