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Offshore wind turbines are subjected to variable amplitude loading, but the impact of load sequence is commonly neglected in fatigue analysis. This paper presents an initial investigation if load sequence and weather seasonality influence fatigue crack growth for monopile-based offshore wind turbines. Focus is on the load sequence effect introduced by the non-linearity of crack propagation. Fatigue crack growth at two structural hot spots was analyzed with a fracture mechanics model applyingdoi:10.1016/j.egypro.2016.09.204 fatcat:25eqlrymjrhqbce7e4bdnrdpuq