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Offshore Wind Energy – Design of Substructures – course

Offshore Wind Energy - Design of Substructures

Please notice

From December 1st 2022, the price of the Online Master in Wind Energy and the related courses will change.

If you sign up for spring courses no later than December 1st 2022, you will be charged the current course fee of 11,000 DKK.

The spring courses include: Offshore Wind Farm Planning, Hybrid Power Plants, Wind Energy in Society, Aerodynamics and Aeroelesticity, and Grid Connection and Integration of Wind Power.

If you sign up for Master courses after December 1st 2022, you will be charged 15,000 DKK for each Master course.

Offshore Wind Energy – Design of Substructures

Through the course, you will learn about offshore wind energy and the engineering methods used within this specific field of wind energy.

You will touch upon several different subjects relevant to engineers working with offshore wind energy and substructure.

During the course, you will be working with the following:

  • Offshore wind turbines and wind farms
  • Overview of offshore design codes like IEC 61400-3 and DNV OS J101
  • Calculation of wave loads in linear, regular, and irregular waves by the Morison equation
  • Engineering methods for computation of rotor loads
  • Offshore environmental conditions – design basis
  • Wakes
  • Substructure types – monopile, jacket, gravity based – and their relative strengths
  • Design methods for monopiles
  • Floating wind turbines
  • Soil models
  • Cost of offshore wind energy

Learning objectives

Once you have completed the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the main elements of offshore wind turbine systems and the differences to land-based turbines.
  • Summarize the content of the offshore turbine design standard IEC 61400-3.
  • Calculate a force time series from linear irregular waves.
  • Derive simplistic rotor load time series from wind turbine parameters and understand the concept of aerodynamic damping.
  • Explain the basics of wake effects inside offshore wind farms.
  • Describe the typical foundation types for bottom-fixed offshore wind turbines and decide on foundation types (floating, jacket, monopile).
  • Explain the basic dynamics of bottom fixed offshore wind turbines and the method for fatigue calculations.
  • Apply the elements of a design basis together with simplified models for the conceptual design of a substructure.
  • Write up simplified equations of motion for a floating wind turbine configuration and determine the natural frequencies.
  • Comprehend the economics of the levelized cost of energy.

Floating Wind Turbines

Henrik Bredmose tells about the possibilities and benefits floating wind turbines bring about.


This course is part of the Online Master of Wind Energy.

If you want to study the course, you need to be accepted to the Master’s programme.
Read more about the admission requirements for the Online Master of Wind Energy.

Learning online

The course is divided in 13 modules, one per week in the semester. Each module includes a combination of video lectures, exercises, quizzes and/or reading material depending on the module. This course material is available any time to allow for flexible studying conditions.

Furthermore, you are offered weekly live Q&A sessions to get in dialogue with the course lecturer and fellow participants.


This course is concluded with an oral exam, conducted online.



13 weeks

Start 1. September

11.000,00 DKK