Offshore Wind Turbine Engineering (OFF615)

The course is aimed at the students who want to apply their engineering education to the field of offshore wind technology. The course also prepares the students for work on their master thesis within related themes through assignments.

Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.


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  • Introduction to wind turbines Wind turbine fundamentals, Aerodynamics of Horizontal-axis Wind Turbines, Wind-turbine Performance, The Performance Curves, Estimation of Energy Capture, Wind Turbine Power Control, Turbine classification,
  • Technical solutions Tower, Foundations, Rotor, Blades, The nacelle, Drive train, Drive train configuration, The main drive train, Gearbox, Coupling, Mechanical brake, Control, control mechanisms, Generator, Transformers, Inspection and maintenance, Vibration challenges, resonance (Eigen frequencies),Repairs, material handling
  • Offshore wind farms Access, Design philosophy, Selection of wind turbine / Due diligence, Integration Farm management and Grid Codes, Beatrice
  • Offshore wind climate and atmospheric marine boundary layer. Wind profile. Extreme wind speed. Velocity pressure. Turbulence characteristics. Peak velocity pressure.
  • Wind forces on slender structures. Static loads. Force coefficients. Dynamic loads due to turbulence, vortex shedding and wake effects.
  • Wind forces and wind effects on wind turbines.
  • Measures for wind-induced vibration mitigation.
  • Monitoring of wind speed and structural response.

Learning outcome

  • a general introduction to the field of offshore wind energy
  • an introduction to modelling of static and dynamic wind loads on various types of structures. In particular, wind forces on slender structures and the associated wind-structure interaction will be discussed.
  • knowledge of design characteristics, operational performance, and maintenance of wind turbines. Focus is put on big turbines with offshore potential.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Project and written exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project 4/10 Letter grades
Written exam 6/10 3 Hours Letter grades

Coursework requirements

Compulsory exercises

3 out of 4 compulsory assignments and mandatory project have to be approved to be accepted for the exam.

All mandatory work demands must be approved by subject teacher. 

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Charlotte Obhrai

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

Combination of lectures, group work and self study. MATLAB is used and an introduction to MATLAB will be given.

All information about the course (including information about time for lectures) will be posted on CANVAS at the beginning of the semester. The course is given in English. Guest lecturers from industry might be invited on wave statistics and on risk in marine operations.

Open for

Master level on at the Faculty of Science and Technology for qualified students

PhD level at the Faculty of Science and Technology according to agreement with lecturer

Course assessment

By form and/or by discussions in class in accordance with university regulations.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto