HAV6001 - Load simulation and structural design of offshore wind turbines


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 1 weeks

Course content

This course provides insight into both the physics and modeling methods used in integrated analysis of offshore wind turbines: aerodynamic loads (by BEM theory), hydrodynamic loads, control engineering for wind turbines, and solution of the dynamic equilibrium equation. It will be shown how a wind turbine is designed and dimensioned using simulation tools, and a number of technological solutions will be presented.

Learning outcome

After completing the course...


The candidate should have knowledge of

  • spectral models of turbulent wind and irregular waves
  • aerodynamic calculations and models used in wind turbine development and load analysis;
  • Control system and how a wind turbine is regulated
  • wave loads on bottom-fixed and moving structures
  • Geotechnical challenges
  • dynamics of simple systems
  • Estimation of fatigue and lifespan
  • Dimensioning of fixed and moving wind turbines using load simulations
  • Relevant regulations
  • Marine operations and installation of wind turbines
  • Wake models
  • Modelling and analysis of drivetrains
  • Alternative and innovative concepts


The candidate

  • can calculate the theoretical effect of offshore wind turbines
  • can perform simple load simulations in simulation tools and interpret the results
  • can evaluate new wind turbine concepts with regard to performance, safety and cost

General competence:

The candidate

  • has a general knowledge of existing technological solutions in the offshore wind energy industry
  • has a broad overview of factors that affect the performance and safety of a wind turbine
  • understand relevant uncertainties

Learning methods and activities

A physical gathering lasting two days in Trondheim as well as digital lectures that present theory and give examples of dynamic analysis and the design process. Calculation tasks with solution proposals that also contain elements of programming.

Further on evaluation

Written 1-week home exam. Requires use of the INSPERA tool.

The exam paper will be handed out at 12:00 and must be submitted no later than one week later at 12:00.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Continuing Education, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (EVUIVD0)

Required previous knowledge

The student must have completed the course HAV6000 before starting.

Bachelor's/ Master's degree in technology or social sciences.

Course materials

Presentations and any recordings from the lectures will be shared with the participants. A compendium of relevant academic literature (incl. book chapter and conference article) can be downloaded.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  4.0 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Marine Civil Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Department with administrative responsibility
Section for quality in education and learning environment


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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