The standard, Design of Offshore Wind Turbine Structures (DNV-OS-J101), provides principles, technical requirements and guidance for design, construction and in-service inspection of offshore wind turbine structures. After its launch in 2004 it has been widely used in the offshore wind industry. This is the third revision of the standard and the updated document has been through a comprehensive peer review process involving many leading industry experts in addition to DNV’s internal quality review process.
The updates focus on reducing costs and increasing safety. Significant rewrites include:
Section 9 for grouted connections. It clarifies that the scope is limited to tubular and conical grouted connections in monopile structures and refers to other standards for grouted connections in other types of structures. Further, it introduces new design requirements for grouted connections without shear keys. These are based on recent research including lab-tests, and replace previous requirements which have proven inadequate. DNV along with leading industry participants are completing laboratory testing on scale effects of grouted connections with shear keys to provide the industry with improved data and guidance on the use of shear keys in monopiles. Results from this work, once reviewed and accepted through the Joint Industry Project process, will necessitate another update to DNV-OS-J101.
Section 11 for corrosion protection. It’s restructured and expanded. It first lists requirements for which types of corrosion protection shall be applied in the different corrosion zones, and subsequently stating requirements for corrosion allowance, cathodic protection, and coating. Further, DNV replaced the definition of splash zone with the definition used in IEC61400-3.
Section 12 for transport and installation. It now provides a more detailed introduction and brings the standard in alignment with DNV Rules for Marine Operations.
Section 13 for inspections. It brings the standard in alignment with current practice for the necessary level of inspection in large wind farms and gives owners a choice between periodic inspections and inspections according to a risk-based inspection plan.
In order to ensure stakeholders a transparent, cost efficient and unified approach of building wind energy technology, DNV has since 2001 taken on the role of developing standards, specifications and guidelines. These documents integrate decades of experience from the offshore industry with in-depth wind turbine knowledge gained from the type certification of large megawatt turbines.
Additional publications include:
- Standard for Design and Manufacture of Wind Turbine Blades, Offshore and Onshore Wind Turbines
- Standard for Offshore Substations for Wind Farms
- Standard for Classification of Wind Turbine Installation Units
- Recommended Practice for the Use of Remote Sensing for Wind Energy Assessments
- Guidelines for Design of Wind Turbines.
Further information and copies of these documents can be obtained here.