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The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released an expanded version of its FAST wind turbine computer-aided engineering tool under a new modularisation framework.
 
The new framework will transform FAST into a flexible modelling software for wind and water power technology developers. The new release includes:
  • An upgraded version of the AeroDyn aerodynamics module that includes tower drag loading
  • The capability to analyse multimember offshore wind turbine substructures
  • A new state-space hydrodynamic theory option in the HydroDyn hydrodynamics module
  • A new Mooring Analysis Program (MAP) for modeling multisegmented mooring quasi-static behaviors of floating offshore wind turbines
  • Full conversion of FAST into the new modularisation framework.
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