Distributed Wind Aeroelastic Modeling (dWAM)

Research output: NRELPresentation


Aeroelastic modeling is the primary method for the structural and performance assessment of any wind turbine. Despite the advantages afforded by aeroelastic modeling tools, their use in the distributed wind energy industry is limited. dWAM started from the NREL Aeroelastic Modeling for Distributed Wind Turbines project with Damiani & Davis (2022) researching current needs, including input from an industry workshop. NREL's efforts will focus on OpenFAST code improvements, validation using research turbines at NREL's Flatirons Campus, code-to-code verification activities, and development of guidance documents and improved user manuals. Partner lab, Sandia National Laboratories, will focus their efforts on vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) modeling including modeling code development, validation, and user-experience improvements.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) Business Conference & Lobby Day, 27 February - 1 March 2023, Arlington, Virginia

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5000-85446


  • aeroelastic
  • code
  • distributed
  • dWAM
  • modeling
  • OpenFAST
  • turbine
  • wind


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