Combined finite element and modal method for offshore wind turbine structures




Greater Copenhagen area

Offshore wind turbine structures consists of a foundation (in the project we will consider monopile foundations), a tower, and a nacelle housing the generator. The dynamics of the wind turbine structure is influenced by the foundation, which is relatively fixed by the soil. The tower is rather flexible, and the nacelle contains a large portion of the mass of the structure. Deriving a good and computational fast mathematical model is challanging. In this project we will look into the possibility of using a combinded finite element and modal method to solve this problem.

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DTU Compute


Mads Peter Sørensen




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MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Computation


Mads Peter Sørensen

ECTS credits

30 - 35


MSc thesis

Must be completed

Partial differential equations, solid mechanics, Timoshenko beam theory, the finite element method

Technical University of Denmark

For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society.

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