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Training Program of OpenFAST for the Design of Offshore Wind Turbines
Training Program of OpenFAST for the Design of Offshore Wind Turbines

Mon, 11 Mar



Training Program of OpenFAST for the Design of Offshore Wind Turbines

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Time & Location

11 Mar 2024, 09:00 GMT – 12 Mar 2024, 16:00 GMT


About the event

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The design of wind turbines requires engineers to run thousands of fully coupled aero-hydro-servo-elastic simulations, including power production, start-up, shutdown and other fault-type design load cases. OpenFAST is a well-validated and widely-used open source tool for coupled simulations of wind turbines. However, it is difficult to use OpenFAST for the new users due to the absence of the graphical user interface.

This course aims to deliver a training program for the design of offshore wind turbine including floating type and fixed-bottom foundation. The 8 lectures will be delivered by Dr Yang Yang who is a very professional user of OpenFAST, which is developed by NREL, USA. This course will introduce how to download, compile, and run the OpenFAST program. The monopile type and semi-submersible floating NREL 5MW wind turbines will be used for the case study.

Who should attend 

This course is intended for engineers & scientists involved in the design and analysis of offshore floating wind turbine structures including foundations. Personnel from oil companies, class societies and offshore structures builders will also benefit from attending this course. The course is innovative in both content & structure with careful balance of theory & practice.


Dr Yang Yang, Associate Professor, Ningbo University, China

Dr Yang is a very professional user of OpenFAST and has developed a seismic coupled analysis and structural control architecture for fixed bottom offshore wind turbines based on FAST. In addition, he has developed a fully coupled framework (F2A) for floating offshore wind turbines based on AQWA and OpenFAST, and F2A is released to the public for free to use. In terms of the coupled modeling of an integrated floating wind-wave-current energy system, he has developed a numerical tool by implementing PTO modeling capability within F2A.


£695 (including course notes)


We will invoice you for the course fees after you have registered on the course. The payment can be made via bank transfer or online credit/debit card payment.

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