Model-Based Systems Engineering and Control Co-Design of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

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Orlando, Florida
Project Term:
12/05/2019 - 05/04/2026

Technology Description:

The University of Central Florida will develop a comprehensive causality-free modeling and simulation platform that facilitates CCD, assists in incorporating multi-physics models, adapts to design changes, and allows rapid simulations to validate models and evaluate controllers for FOWTs. The team will study unique control concepts such as active tether actuation, gyroscopic balancing, hydraulic actuation, and individual pitch control. The research will reduce the time, cost and risks associated with experimentation, and open opportunities for better exploring the design space for higher efficiencies and optimality of floating offshore wind turbines. With a strong foundation of underlying physics, this approach will accelerate design iterations, leading to faster translation of product to market.

Potential Impact:

ATLANTIS projects will aim to develop new and potentially disruptive innovations in FOWT technology to enable a greater market share of offshore wind energy, ultimately strengthening and diversifying the array of domestic energy sources available to Americans.


Diverse, domestic energy resources can boost grid resiliency and reduce infrastructure vulnerabilities.


Increased availability of affordable, reliable wind energy could lessen reliance on fossil fuels, reducing power sector emissions.


Program developments in FOWTs could reduce the cost of wind energy production and provide an entirely new option for the offshore wind industry, as well as access to significant wind resources near major population centers on U.S. coastlines.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Mario Garcia-Sanz
Project Contact:
Dr. Tuhin Das
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