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New floating photovoltaic array example

A new example, K06 FPV array, is now available on our website. This example demonstrates one method of modelling a floating photovoltaic (FPV) array system in OrcaFlex and can be found in the K Renewables section of the OrcaFlex examples webpage.

The array is made up multiple modular rafts which are connected using indirect constraints with double-sided connections. The array model was built by duplicating a template model which represents a single raft module. The model building process was automated using the OrcaFlex programming interface (OrcFxAPI) and this is demonstrated in the Python script supplied alongside this example.

The accompanying PDF document goes into further detail on the model building process, setting data and interpreting results. It also includes a discussion on indeterminate systems and how they can sometimes arise.

We hope that this example is informative and can provide some useful insights into both new and existing OrcaFlex features that can help model floating array systems.

OrcaFlex model of a floating array with 64 rectangular rafts in the array and 12 buoys in the mooring system.
OrcaFlex model of a floating photovoltaic (FPV) array.