Overview of the TurbSim Stochastic Inflow Turbulence Simulator

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The TurbSim stochastic inflow turbulence code was developed to provide a numerical simulation of a full-field flow that contains coherent turbulence structures that reflect the proper spatiotemporal turbulent velocity field relationships seen in instabilities associated with nocturnal boundary layer flows that are not represented well by the IEC Normal Turbulence Models (NTM). Its purpose is toprovide the wind turbine designer with the ability to drive design code (FAST or MSC.ADAMS) simulations of advanced turbine designs with simulated inflow turbulence environments that incorporate many of the important fluid dynamic features known to adversely affect turbine aeroelastic response and loading.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2005

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-500-36971


  • inflow turbulence code
  • wind turbine design code simulations


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