Offshore Wind Turbines Vs. Winter on the Great Lakes: Technology Briefing

Date: October 21, 2013
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: MAREC, 200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon, MI 49440

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Monday, October 21, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.


Dr. Dale G. Karr

Associate Professor of
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
University Of Michigan


Join us to learn about the impact of Great Lakes winter weather on offshore structures,  such as wind turbines in particular. 

Dr. Dale G. Karr from the University of Michigan will discuss his  research projects for the US Department of Energy, which are likely to have implications for offshore wind energy production in the Great Lakes.


One of the challenges facing offshore wind energy production in the Great Lakes is the severe winter weather season, when air temperatures across the lakes can dip as low as -26°F.  Ice formation and action can threaten vessels and marine structures severely enough to disrupt shipping and other operations in the marine environment.

The impacts of these conditions on offshore structural design and technology have long been a key research focus of Prof. Dale G. Karr, associate professor of naval architecture & marine engineering at the University of Michigan.  In a special presentation at MAREC, Dr. Karr will explore these impacts and provide updates on US Department of Energy research projects he is undertaking with fellow researchers to understand and meet the challenges of winter on the Great Lakes.

Dr. Karr’s DOE projects are entitled:

  • Measurement and Analysis of Extreme Wave and Ice Actions in the Great Lakes for Offshore Wind Platform Design
  • Bottom Fixed Platform Dynamics Models Assessing Surface Ice Interactions for Transitional Depth Structures in the Great Lakes.

RSVP requested. 

Click to register.  Attendance is free; refreshments will be served.    

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For more information, contact Arn Boezaart, MAREC director, at or call 616-331-6900.

Dr. Dale G. Karr, University of Michigan.


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