I’m an M.Eng Aero student and would like to implement FAST on my final project. I’ve never used it before and wondered if anyone knew a rough time scale of how long it takes to learn and carry out an analysis on a HATT.
I need to have the project finished by December, would this be realistic???
If you already understand the concepts of wind-turbine dynamics, aerodynamics, and control, it should not take long. It is much easier to learn than a general-purpose multibody code such as ADAMS, as FAST uses the language of wind-turbine engineers. As for how long it will take, I really can’t say, as I started developing it before I started using it.
One of our interns said he thought a day’s introduction to it should be sufficient and getting your project done by December should not be a problem. Start with one of the supplied models in the CertTest folder and make changes to it.
The user’s guide is really quite thorough, so I strongly recommend reading it, although I would just skim the tables of input and output variables to see what sorts of things are possible. It’s a real page turner…
Thank you very much for your valuable advice. Your time is appreciated.
P.s. I started reading the user guide last night, I just couldn’t put it down!!
A good way to get started with FAST would be to go through the presentations and sample models/simulations that were presented at our last modeling workshop workshop. See my August 13, 2012 post from the forum topic found here: http://forums.nrel.gov/t/modeling-workshops/523/1. These will give you a good overview on what is involved in running FAST and give you a little experience running simulations. The FAST User’s Guide will then be easier to read after you have had this introduction.
Thanks for the info. That will be fantastic!!!