Álvaro Rodríguez, Project Technician at Offshore Engineering and Marine Energies Group (IH Cantabria), was awarded for the best scientific poster at WindEurope’s Annual Event 2022 in Bilbao.
His poster entitled “Chain and nylon mooring lines for floating offshore wind foundations: numerical modelling validation” presents an alternative mooring system for floating wind, using hybrid systems made of steel chain, agglomeration weights and nylon rope as opposed to common steel catenary systems.
Modelling the hybrid system is crucial in understanding the behaviour of the coupled system. This model is part of the research done for the COREWIND project, which seeks to reduce the cost of floating wind technology through optimisation of coupled systems. This includes the turbine, floater, mooring, anchors and dynamic cables. You can see the author’s presentation of the poster here.
The poster was also presented at the “Floating structures and components” session on Day 2 of the Conference. This technical session looked at solutions and models aimed at improving the design and performance of floaters, such as semi-sub and spar. Álvaro pitched the main assumptions and findings in his research.