10.6. Secondary steel, other structure details, and coatings

While the structural engineer is normally concerned with the main structure, secondary steel and auxiliary systems cannot be overlooked. On the one hand, access and safety systems guarantee the possibility of efficient and safe maintenance of the OWT. On the other hand, optimizing tower internals will allow for an optimized and slender primary steel distribution in the tower main shell. To this end, the adoption of damping systems may lead to more efficient overall design, but the dampers must be carefully analyzed and sized with a view to potential effects onto the remainder of the OWT both in terms of performance and costs.
Additionally, attention must be paid to the protection of the ...

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