Wageningen, THE NETHERLANDS– Students and researchers from the University of Maine are traveling to The Netherlands in April and May to test three scale model deepwater floating offshore wind platforms as part of the DeepCwind Consortium research initiative. The results will be used to design deepwater offshore wind farms in the Gulf of Maine.
Over the course of six weeks, students and researchers will subject three 1:50 scale model platforms to wind and wave testing at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN). The model design and construction was led by Dr. Richard Kimball of Maine Maritime Academy with the help of University of Maine Civil and Structural Engineering graduate student Heather R. Martin, two undergraduate students, Eulan Patterson (dual major in Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Rachael Joyce (Civil and Structural Engineering), and consultant and UMaine graduate Ryan Beaumont. All three students are Maine natives. Dr. Andrew Goupee, research engineer at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, is overseeing the testing.
The researchers will spend 16-hour days subjecting the scale models to scaled wind and wave tests that mimic the Gulf of Maine in side-by-side comparison tests. No such data has ever before been created. The testing is funded by a National Science Foundation-Partnerships for Innovation grant.
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