*VIRTUAL* – Training on FAST Program

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Online FAST Program Training Course


OpenFAST is a wind turbine simulation tool which builds on FAST v8. It was created with the goal of being a community model developed and used by research laboratories, academia, and industry. It is managed by a dedicated team at the National Renewable Energy Lab. FAST v8 is a computer-aided engineering tool for simulating the coupled dynamic response of wind turbines. FAST join aerodynamics models, hydrodynamics models for offshore structures, control and electrical system (servo) dynamics models, and structural (elastic) dynamics models to enable coupled nonlinear aero- hydro- servo-elastic simulation in the time domain. The FAST tool enables the analysis of a range of wind turbine configurations, including two- or three- blade horizontal-axis rotor, pitch or stall regulation, rigid or teetering hub, upwind or downwind rotor, and lattice or tubular tower. The wind turbine can be modeled on land or offshore on fixed-bottom or floating substructures. FAST is based on advanced engineering models derived from fundamental laws, but with appropriate simplifications and assumptions, and supplemented where applicable with computational solutions and test data.


Engineers & scientists involved in the design and analysis of offshore floating wind turbine structures including foundations. Personnel from oil companies, class societies and offshore structures builders will benefit from attending this course. The course is innovative in both content & structure with careful balance of theory & practice.


09.00 – 10.30 Lecture 1: Basic introduction and wind modelling

 Introduction of OpenFAST (its functions and development)
 Download and run OpenFAST
 Modules in OpenFAST
 Essential inputs for a simulation
 Generation of turbulent wind field
 Configuration of InflowWind
 Examples for different wind conditions (steady, uniform, turbulent)

10.30 – 11.00 Break

11.00 – 12.30 Lecture 2: Fully coupled simulation of an onshore wind turbine
 Aerodynamic modelling (AeroDyn14/15)
 Structural modeling of blades and tower using BModes
 Controller definition
 Output definitions
 Examples

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Lecture 3: Fully coupled simulation of fixed- bottom offshore wind turbines

 Modelling of the substructures in SubDyn
 Modelling of hydrodynamics in HydroDyn
 Start-up and emergency shutdown simulations
 Examples of monopile, tripod and jacket type substructures

15.00 – 15.30 Break

15.30 – 17.00 Lecture 4: Fully coupled simulation of floating offshore wind turbines
 Modelling of hydrodynamics of the floating platform
 Modelling of mooring lines in FEAMooring or MoorDyn
 Free-decay simulations
Examples of spar and semisubmersible platforms

CV of Lecturer

Dr Yang Yang

Dr Yang obtained his PhD degree from University of Shanghai for Science & Technology (USST). His doctoral thesis is on’ Seismic analysis of offshore wind turbines’. He is an outstanding student in his undergradute class of USST where he did his bachelor’s degree in Power Machinery and Engineering. He is now a visiting scholar at the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU),UK where he is responsible for various projects namely (i) Development of a fully coupled tool for a multi-body floating offshore wind turbines(FOWT),(ii) Development of FOWT controller considering the platform motion feedback;(iii) Identification of damage hotspots of the FOWT and (iv) Development of a damage diagnosis approach for the FOWT.

Duration: 1 Day

Cost: £395 + Vat


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