MARE WINT: New Materials and Reliability in Offshore Wind Turbines technology
One of the strategic objectives of the industrial initiative of the SET Plan on wind energy is to reduce cost of energy by improving reliability of wind turbines and their components and optimizing operation and maintenance (O&M) strategies. Increasing reliability and optimizing O&M have a direct impact on the availability of wind turbines and thus reduce cost and increase energy output. This strategy considerably contributes to making wind energy fully competitive. This is particularly evident in the offshore sector, where O&M represents a high percentage of total costs.

MARE-WINT will contribute to the achievement of this goal by proving training in the context of doctoral programmes for 14 researchers in multi-disciplinary area of future generation of Offshore Wind Turbines (OWT) engineering focusing on issues having a major impact on the mechanical loading of OWT and which are still not sufficiently understood.

Research area: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN Marie-Curie Action: “Initial Training Networks”
Project start date: [2012-10-01]
Project reference: 309395
Status: Execution
Total cost: EUR 3 822 753
EU contribution: EUR 3 822 753

The Consortium is composed of 6 Universities (DTU, LIV, NTNU, WMU, K.U.Leuven, UNIFE), 7 Research Institutes (IMP PAN, ECN, NAREC, CENER, MARINTEK, CTC and TASK) and 10 Private Sector enterprises (CTO, LMS, Numeca, TWI, Relex, SSP, Hansen, Gdansk Shipyard, FiberSensing, Axsym ltd) and based on a common research programme, is aiming to increase the skills exchange between public and private sectors

WP1- Innovative Rotor Blades
WP2- Drive Train with Gearbox
WP3- Offshore Supoort Structure
WP4- Reliability and Predictive Maintenance
WP5- Fluid-Structure Interaction
WP6- Dissemination and Outreach
WP7- Management and Training Organisation

The Offshore Wind Turbine is the focal point of this project and the object of the investigation. The main scientific concept incorporated within this project is finding the optimal design of OWT maximizing its reliability and minimizing its maintenance cost. Main OWT subsystems are represented by “vertical” Work Packages focusing on technical aspects.

There are two “horizontal” Work Packages integrating outcomes of the former “vertical” group and building further on their results. Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) approach is the scientific concept incorporated within this research-trough-training program to couple the particular subsystems of OWT.

A research and dissemination programme has been defined, consisting of 6 cross-linked WPs, as outlined in Flowchart 1. For a management of the ITN project and training organisation dedicated WP7 was defined.