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Distributed Real-Time Hybrid Simulation Floating Wind Turbine

Enhanced Roof Systems to Resisit Sever Wind Hazards




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Distributed Real-Time Hybrid Simulation of Floating Wind Turbine

Project Duration 2018~current
Research assistant Hezha Sadraddin M.S.
Principal investigator:   Xiaoyun Shao,Ph.D. PE
Floating wind turbine (FWT) plays a significant role in producing clean, renewable, and sustainable energy. Structural components of FWT consist of wind turbine, supporting floating platform and mooring lines, where the floating platform is subjected to coupled aerodynamic and hydrodynamic loads in the complex sea environment. Understanding the dynamic behavior of FWT and validating its corresponding numerical simulation tools require reliable experimental methods to replicate various environmental loading conditions and realistic FWT dynamic responses. Conventional coupled wind-wave experiments have provided insight on FWT’s dynamic behavior. However, scaling conflicts between the Froude and the Reynolds numbers are inevitable. Thus, distributed Real-Time Hybrid Simulation is proposed to be applied to FWT dynamic response evaluation subject both aerodynamic and hydrodynamic loads. Currently, literature review, numerical modeling of FWT structures and virtual dRTHS have been carried out. The physical dRTHS experiments is being planned. 

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 Ehanced Roof Systems to Resiste Severe Wind Hazards

Project Duration 2021~current
Research assistant Mohammad Al-Shatnawi M.S.
Principal investigator:   Xiaoyun Shao,Ph.D. PE
Statistics around the globe confirms the increasing frequency of more extreme weather leading to natural disasters of all types.  In 2020 alone, the U.S. saw 22 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disaster events including 7 tropical cyclones and 13 severe storms while the number was only 3 in 1980. Global warming will continue and climate change will follow. Severe winds and storms such as tornadoes, hurricanes, downbursts, and thunder storms, as well as other natural hazards with higher intensities are causing more damages to all built environment. Building roofs are vulnerable to wind hazards due to their inherent deficiencies of manufacturing, installation and weathering.

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                               Western Michigan University ---- Department of Civil and Construction Engineering

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