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Title: FAST v8 Verification and Validation for a Megawatt-Scale Wind Turbine with Aeroelastically Tailored Blades: Preprint

This paper presents findings from a verification and validation exercise on the latest version of the U.S. Department of Energy/National Renewable Energy Laboratory's in-house wind turbine aeroelastic design code FAST v8. Results from a set of 1141 FAST simulations were compared to those from Siemens' BHawC design code results, 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.
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Conference: Presented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2016), 4-8 January 2016, San Diego, California
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NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States))
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
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United States
17 WIND ENERGY wind energy; numerical modeling; verification; validation; aeroelastically tailored blades; FAST; BHawC; wind turbine experiments; NREL