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Most of the modern floating structures are catenary to some degree, so they can't really orient to the wind freely.  Check the NREL studies, they're all public on the net.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 21st, 2009 at 01:50:44 PM EST
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catenary - the curve theoretically assumed by a perfectly flexible and inextensible cord of uniform density and cross section hanging freely from two fixed points

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Feb 21st, 2009 at 02:26:57 PM EST
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Nope.



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 21st, 2009 at 04:04:43 PM EST
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Or rather,



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 21st, 2009 at 04:07:15 PM EST
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... stress that they don't fall over even when the wind is coming from the direction where it would seem most likely to tip over.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Feb 21st, 2009 at 04:51:15 PM EST
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In projects i've worked on, we came up with a maximum laydown angle of 17 degrees, meaning from the normal vertical, in 120 kph winds.  beyond that, we detuned the turbines to keep the angle upright (no greater than 17 degrees).  We have no real world data on whether that was the correct decision, but even if wrong, we don't lose much energy if we have to derate sooner.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 21st, 2009 at 05:16:17 PM EST
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... not about engineering, when talking about the details in an "artists impression" drawing.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Feb 21st, 2009 at 06:55:20 PM EST
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