We are grateful for working with Colorado School of Mines (CSM) on this project that Dr. Rick Damiani had led while at NREL.
With CSM, we are optimizing the structural design of the SpiderFLOAT, an innovative substructure invented by Dr. R. Damiani (FWTC), Mr. S. Sirnivas (NREL), and Mr. F. Wendt (Ramboll).
The project is part of ARPA-e's ATLANTIS program, is led by NREL and Colorado School of Mines, and seeks to use control-co-design techniques to minimize costs in the OWT floating substructure. Other partners include the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Virginia, and the American Bureau of Shipping.
Tasks include optimization of concrete structures and aero-hydro-servo-elastic simulations of the entire OWT.