Incorporation of Multi-Member Substructure Capabilities in FAST for Analysis of Offshore Wind Turbines

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The Fatigue, Aerodynamics, Structures, and Turbulence (FAST) code, developed by the National Renewable Energy
Laboratory (NREL), is an aero-hydro-servo-elastic tool widely used for analyzing onshore and offshore wind turbines. This
paper discusses recent modifications made to FAST to enable the examination of offshore wind turbines with fixed-bottom,
multi-member support structures (which are commonly used in transitional-depth waters).
This paper addresses the methods used for incorporating the hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loading on multimember
structures in FAST through its hydronamic loading module, HydroDyn. Modeling of the hydrodynamic loads was
accomplished through the incorporation of Morison and buoyancy loads on the support structures. Issues addressed include
how to model loads at the joints of intersecting members and on tapered and tilted members of the support structure.
Three example structures are modeled to test and verify the solutions generated by the modifications to HydroDyn, including
a monopile, tripod, and jacket structure. Verification is achieved through comparison of the results to a computational fluid
dynamics (CFD)-derived solution using the commercial software tool STAR-CCM+.
Author Name: 
H. Song
A. Robertson
J. Jonkman
D. Sewell