What is the Offshore Wind Library?

What is the Offshore Wind Library?

The offshore wind industry is growing exponentially. To support industry sector growth, academic research is developing to address current knowledge gaps and provide future solutions.

Keeping up with state-of-the-art science provides your company with the opportunity to keep ahead of the competition. The Offshore Wind Library provides access to a cutting edge research programme, co-created by members, direct engagement with academics developing research for the offshore wind energy industry and a recommended reading database, the most efficient way to keep up with industry-relevant research advances in the offshore wind research.

The Offshore Wind Library recommended reading database provides searchable summaries of sector relevant scientific articles. The summaries translate academic findings to provide industry accessible reports on the main research findings enabling you to rapidly keep up to date with scientific research, or identify solutions to emerging challenges.

The Offshore Wind Library strengthens the ties between academia and industry. Membership of the Offshore Wind Library directly supports academic research, development and innovation in the offshore wind sector. Research is co-created with Offshore Wind Library members, with all outputs directly accessible through a world leading web-delivered knowledge transfer programme. Further, the Offshore Wind Library offers direct engagement with academics via annual forums, showcasing research and co-developing research strategy.

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The Offshore Wind Library recommended reading database covers six packages that span all offshore wind related research:

  • Overview

    Explore the tabs below to read more about each package and the topics within it.


  • Marine Environment
    The Marine Environment package helps you understand and model the physical processes of the complex marine environments where offshore wind turbines are placed.

    The summaries within the Marine Environment package fall into three topics: Seabed, Waves, and Wind; with a range of listed subtopics to cover everything you need to know about the Marine Environment:

    1. Seabed
      • Seabed modelling and evaluation
      • Seabed-flow interaction
      • Sediment transport
    2. Waves
      • Wave characteristics
      • Wave forecasting
      • Wave monitoring
      • Waves in changing climate
    3. Wind
      • Wind characteristics
      • Wind speed predictions
      • Turbulence
    4. Impact
      • Impact on marine wildlife
      • Impact on climate
      • Impact on seabed and flow structures
  • Environmental Interactions
    The Environmental Interactions package helps to keep up with scientific advances on the interaction between the marine environment and the offshore structure.

    Following the same key areas as the Marine Environment package, the Environmental Interaction topics are: Soil-structure, Hydro-structure, and Aero-structure Interaction, with the range of listed subtopics:

    1. Soil-structure Interaction
      • Structural stability
      • Advanced soil-structure models
      • Eigenfrequency
      • Scour
      • Cable heat and burial depth
      • Seismic loading
    2. Hydro-structure Interaction
      • Wave loading
      • Advanced wave loading models
      • Corrosion fatigue cracks
      • Ship collision impact
      • Ice load
    3. Aero-structure Interaction
      • Aerodynamic damping
      • Aerodynamic loading
      • Wake
      • Rain impact
  • Structural Components
    The Structural Components package provides an efficient way to keep up to date with the latest research developments on the materials, design and manufacturing of the key offshore wind turbine components.

    Currently the Structural Components package covers Blades, Generators, Substructures, and Cables, with the following subtopics:

    1. Blades
      • Blade alternative materials
      • Blade coating
      • Blade manufacturing
      • Blade structural design
      • Blade testing
      • Sensors in blades
    2. Generators
      • Generator design
      • Generator testing
      • Drivetrain optimisation
    3. Substructures
      • Substructure alternative designs
      • Substructure design optimisation
      • Substructure materials and coating
      • Grouted connections
      • Scour protection
    4. Cables
      • Cable design
      • Cable protection
      • Power loss in cables
  • Operations & Management
    The Operations and Management package gives cutting edge answers to your needs in enhancing Maintenance, Logistics, Risk and Reliability, and Human Factors.

    A range of following subtopics is covered by the Operations and Management package:

    1. Maintenance
      • Monitoring
      • Maintenance scheduling
      • Control
      • Data management
      • Automated maintenance
    2. Risk and reliability
      • Damage detection
      • Failure modes
      • Reliability analysis
      • Risk control
    3. Human factors
      • Staffing
      • Staff wellbeing
      • Workplace safety
    4. Logistics
      • Port and waterside infrastructure
      • Supply chain
      • Vessel routing
  • Lifecycle
    The Lifecycle package helps you to easily keep up with the newest scientific studies on the key phases of the offshore wind turbine’s lifetime: Planning, Installation, Decommissioning.

    Within the package subtopics cover the following research areas:

    1. Planning
      • Site selection
      • Wind farm layout
      • Power prediction
      • Life cycle assessment
      • Fatigue life assessment
      • Financial assessments
      • Grid connectivity
      • Policies and economic impact
      • Social impact and acceptance
    2. Installation
      • Blade installation
      • Cable installation
      • Substructure installation
      • Turbine installation
      • Installation logistics
      • Installation vessels
    3. End of life
      • Decommissioning (Recycling)
      • Lifetime extension (Refurbishment)
      • Repowering
  • Floating
    The Floating package provides a perfect one-stop-shop for scientific advances in floating offshore wind.

    This package contains all scientific paper summaries that relate to the floating offshore wind technology across all topics of other five packages, whether it is related to environmental loading, stability, installation, logistics, or any other aspect of these dynamic structures.

    Moreover, the following floating-only subtopics are included:

    1. Substructures
      • Floating platform dynamics
      • Floating substructure design
      • Dynamic cables
      • Mooring system
    2. Maintenance
      • Monitoring of floating components
      • Control of floating structure
    3. Planning
      • Floating economic feasibility
      • Floating fatigue life assessment

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