Eigenvalues Calculations in MBC3 Codes.

I have read trough “FAST User’s Guide Chapter Linearization” as well as “MBC3 MATLAB codes”. I have some questions about the MBC3 eigenvalues and natural frequency (N.F) calculation.

It is quite straightforward in “FAST User’s Guide Chapter Linearization” to end up with system state matrix - A, control input matrix - B, wind input disturbance matrix - Bd, and output state matrix - C.

Regarding the calculations for eigenvalues in MBC3, the questions are attached.twrfa1.docx
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Dear Lingling,

Your understanding of how the natural frequencies are derived from the state matrix is correct. For further information on the mathematical background, I recommend reviewing a textbook that covers linear state-space-based models and their solution via the matrix exponential (e.g., a modern controls textbook).

The eignevalues of the state matrix contain information on the natural frequencies and damping ratios of the system.

As described in this forum topic: http://forums.nrel.gov/t/learizing-baseline-5mw-wind-turbine-with-fast/494/1, rigid-body modes show up in MBC3 as a pair of zero-valued (or near-zero-valued) frequencies with +/- inf damping (i.e., eigenvalues with real values only). You should confirm with MSC, but I suspect the ADAMS linearization produces something similar.

Best regards,