FAST v8 Verification and Validation for a MW-scale Wind Turbine with Aeroelastically Tailored Blades

Srinivas Guntur, Jason Jonkman, Scott Schreck, Bonnie Jonkman, Qi Wang, Michael Sprague, Michael Hind, Ryan Sievers

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This paper presents findings from a verification and validation exercise on the latest version of the Department of Energy/National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s wind turbine aeroelastic engineering tool FAST v8. Results from a set of 1141 FAST simulations were compared to those from Siemens’ aeroelastic tool BHawC, as well as experimental data from a heavily instrumented 2.3-MW Siemens wind turbine located at the National Wind Technology Center. The code validation was performed following the IEC-61400-13 standard, where a set of select quantities of interest from simulations at various wind speed and atmospheric turbulence conditions were used for a three-way comparison between FAST, BHawC, and the measurements. Results highlight many improvements of the latest version of FAST over its previous versions. This paper also provides comments from the authors on the data quality, and avenues for potential future work using these results.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2016
Event34th Wind Energy Symposium, 2016 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 4 Jan 20168 Jan 2016


Conference34th Wind Energy Symposium, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5000-65389 for preprint

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5000-66033

Other Report Number

  • AIAA 2016-1008


  • aeroelastically tailored blades
  • BHawC
  • fast
  • NREL
  • numerical modeling
  • validation
  • verification
  • wind energy
  • wind turbine experiments


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