Ansys supporting Van Oord foundation design

In: Foundations
16/04/2021

Van Oord is working with Ansys in an effort to accelerate the development of new foundation designs for the offshore wind turbine industry.

Designing wind turbine foundations typically requires Van Oord engineers to invest time developing numerous dynamic analysis finite element models. To accelerate and optimise the simulation process, Van Oord's engineering team worked with Ansys channel partner Infinite Simulation Systems B.V. to harness Ansys Mechanical and Ansys Cloud, which, according to Ansys, spurred design optimisation, shortened product development timelines and boosted the efficiency of next-generation offshore wind turbines.

Leveraging Mechanical and Ansys Cloud empowers Van Oord engineers to run 5x more design iterations on Cloud to predict the performance of advanced wind turbine foundations and enhance the fabrication processes while reducing project risks and speeding supply chain negotiations. As a result, simulations that required a week to run on multiple workstations now run overnight, delivering a 7x improvement in time savings, while greatly decreasing risk of production delay.


"Van Oord engineers employ Ansys Cloud to spur new product innovation and solve the ever-growing number of Mechanical models, which may feature over 5.5 million degrees of freedom, 1.8 million nodes and 550,000 elements,"
said Ralph Luiken, engineering specialist at Van Oord. "Historically, these massive models each required 150 hours to run, however, with Ansys Cloud, our team has reduced run times to less than 24 hours per simulation. This has substantially sped up product development, enabled us to expediate our negotiations with foundation steel suppliers and expedited delivery to our global customers."

"Ansys is proud to join forces with Van Oord engineers to fast-track their R&D efforts and help achieve their sustainability goals by creating highly efficient offshore wind turbine foundations that deliver renewable energy to millions of households worldwide,"
said Shane Emswiler, senior vice president at Ansys. "Ansys Cloud is built specifically for our flagship solvers, powering push-button access to Microsoft Azure Cloud computing resources. This significantly speeds up the wind turbine foundation design and analysis process for Van Oord engineers, equipping them to improve the production efficiency of new products and elevate offshore wind energy to greater heights."


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