Assessment of experimental uncertainty for a floating wind semisubmersible under hydrodynamic loads
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The objective of this paper is to assess the sources of experimental uncertainty in an offshore wind validation campaign focused on better understanding the nonlinear hydrodynamic response behavior of a floating semisubmersible. The test specimen and conditions were simplified compared to other floating wind test campaigns to reduce potential sources of uncertainties and better focus on the hydrodynamic load attributes. Repeat tests were used to understand the repeatability of the test conditions and to assess the level of random uncertainty in the measurements. Attention was also given to understanding bias in all components of the test. The end goal of this work is to set uncertainty bounds on the response metrics of interest, which will be used in future work to evaluate the success of modeling tools in accurately calculating hydrodynamic loads and the associated motion responses of the system.