NREL Software Aids Offshore Wind Turbine Designs (Fact Sheet)

    Research output: NRELFact Sheet


    NREL researchers are supporting offshore wind power development with computer models that allow detailed analyses of both fixed and floating offshore wind turbines. While existing computer-aided engineering (CAE) models can simulate the conditions and stresses that a land-based wind turbine experiences over its lifetime, offshore turbines require the additional considerations of variations inwater depth, soil type, and wind and wave severity, which also necessitate the use of a variety of support-structure types. NREL's core wind CAE tool, FAST, models the additional effects of incident waves, sea currents, and the foundation dynamics of the support structures.
    Original languageAmerican English
    StatePublished - 2013

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/FS-6A42-60377


    • computer aided engineering (CAE)
    • fast
    • fixed-bottom offshore mounts
    • foundation dynamics
    • offshore wind energy
    • sea currents
    • waves


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