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Title: Verification and Validation of the New Dynamic Mooring Modules Available in FAST v8: Preprint

Abstract

The open-source aero-hydro-servo-elastic wind turbine simulation software, FAST v8, was recently coupled to two newly developed mooring dynamics modules: MoorDyn and FEAMooring. MoorDyn is a lumped-mass-based mooring dynamics module developed by the University of Maine, and FEAMooring is a finite-element-based mooring dynamics module developed by Texas A&M University. This paper summarizes the work performed to verify and validate these modules against other mooring models and measured test data to assess their reliability and accuracy. The quality of the fairlead load predictions by the open-source mooring modules MoorDyn and FEAMooring appear to be largely equivalent to what is predicted by the commercial tool OrcaFlex. Both mooring dynamic model predictions agree well with the experimental data, considering the given limitations in the accuracy of the platform hydrodynamic load calculation and the quality of the measurement data.

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Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1295390
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5000-65822
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the Twenty-sixth (2016) International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference (ISOPE), 26 June - 2 July 2016, Rhodes, Greece
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; floating offshore wind turbine; mooring dynamics; modeling; verification; validation; FAST; MoorDyn; FEAMooring

Citation Formats

Wendt, Fabian, Robertson, Amy, Jonkman, Jason, and Andersen, Morten T. Verification and Validation of the New Dynamic Mooring Modules Available in FAST v8: Preprint. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Wendt, Fabian, Robertson, Amy, Jonkman, Jason, & Andersen, Morten T. Verification and Validation of the New Dynamic Mooring Modules Available in FAST v8: Preprint. United States.
Wendt, Fabian, Robertson, Amy, Jonkman, Jason, and Andersen, Morten T. 2016. "Verification and Validation of the New Dynamic Mooring Modules Available in FAST v8: Preprint". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1295390.
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title = {Verification and Validation of the New Dynamic Mooring Modules Available in FAST v8: Preprint},
author = {Wendt, Fabian and Robertson, Amy and Jonkman, Jason and Andersen, Morten T.},
abstractNote = {The open-source aero-hydro-servo-elastic wind turbine simulation software, FAST v8, was recently coupled to two newly developed mooring dynamics modules: MoorDyn and FEAMooring. MoorDyn is a lumped-mass-based mooring dynamics module developed by the University of Maine, and FEAMooring is a finite-element-based mooring dynamics module developed by Texas A&M University. This paper summarizes the work performed to verify and validate these modules against other mooring models and measured test data to assess their reliability and accuracy. The quality of the fairlead load predictions by the open-source mooring modules MoorDyn and FEAMooring appear to be largely equivalent to what is predicted by the commercial tool OrcaFlex. Both mooring dynamic model predictions agree well with the experimental data, considering the given limitations in the accuracy of the platform hydrodynamic load calculation and the quality of the measurement data.},
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  • The open-source aero-hydro-servo-elastic wind turbine simulation software, FAST v8, was recently coupled to two newly developed mooring dynamics modules: MoorDyn and FEAMooring. MoorDyn is a lumped-mass-based mooring dynamics module developed by the University of Maine, and FEAMooring is a finite-element-based mooring dynamics module developed by Texas A&M University. This paper summarizes the work performed to verify and validate these modules against other mooring models and measured test data to assess their reliability and accuracy. The quality of the fairlead load predictions by the open-source mooring modules MoorDyn and FEAMooring appear to be largely equivalent to what is predicted by themore » commercial tool OrcaFlex. Both mooring dynamic model predictions agree well with the experimental data, considering the given limitations in the accuracy of the platform hydrodynamic load calculation and the quality of the measurement data.« less
  • The quasi-static and dynamic mooring modules of the open-source aero-hydro-servo-elastic wind turbine simulation software, FAST v8, have previously been verified and validated, but only for mooring arrangements consisting of single lines connecting each fairlead and anchor. This paper extends the previous verification and validation efforts to focus on the multisegmented mooring capability of the FAST v8 modules: MAP++, MoorDyn, and the OrcaFlex interface. The OC3-Hywind spar buoy system tested by the DeepCwind consortium at the MARIN ocean basin, which includes a multisegmented bridle layout of the mooring system, was used for the verification and validation activities.
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  • 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 amore » 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.« less