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OrcaFlex turbine controller examples

OrcaFlex 10.3 introduced the turbine object, used to model horizontal axis wind turbines.

A key issue for wind turbine analysis is the modelling of the generator and blade control systems. Because these control systems are typically proprietary, OrcaFlex does not offer any built-in control system functionality. Rather, the user must specify the control systems through external functions.

When we released 10.3d, we updated the documentation to include some example external function controllers. The pertinent help topics are:

These documentation topics contain links to the controller examples which can also be downloaded directly.

Other useful sources of information for turbine modelling:

OrcaFlex 10.3 turbine validation

Following the introduction of the turbine model object in version 10.3 we have now produced a report which details the validation performed on the turbine against documented industry studies.

The validation study considers the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) offshore 5-MW baseline wind turbine, which is
recognised as an industry-standard reference turbine system.

Two separate turbine systems have been modelled and subjected to detailed analysis in OrcaFlex:

  • A land-based wind turbine system.
  • A floating wind turbine system – based on the OC3 Hywind system.

Analysis of the land-based scenario was considered to facilitate basic validation of the turbine response determined via OrcaFlex. Detailed analysis of the OC3 Hywind system was then considered to help validate the behaviour of a fully-coupled floating wind turbine system in OrcaFlex.

 

The OC3 Hywind system modelled in OrcaFlex 10.3
The OC3 Hywind system modelled in OrcaFlex 10.3

Results were compared to those from other wind turbine simulation tools; namely FAST, MSC.ADAMS, Bladed and HAWC2.

Overall, OrcaFlex has been shown to accurately capture the aerodynamic and hydrodynamic loading on the considered turbine systems. Close agreement was generally observed between the OrcaFlex results and those available from the other simulation tools – particularly with respect to the calculated turbine rotor response.

The full report is available alongside previously published OrcaFlex validation cases on the validation page here.

OrcaFlex 10.3c released

We have just released a minor upgrade, version 10.3c, which fixes a number of bugs. Full details of the changes are described here. We recommend that users of 10.3 upgrade to 10.3c.

A patch to upgrade from 10.3a or 10.3b to 10.3c can be downloaded here. The full installation program can also be downloaded from your download page. Please contact us if you do not have the link to your download page.

OrcaFlex 10.3b released

We have just released a minor upgrade to OrcaFlex, version 10.3b. Version 10.3b introduces some minor new functionality and fixes a number of bugs. Full details of the changes are described here.

A patch to upgrade from 10.3a to 10.3b can be downloaded here. The full installation program can also be downloaded from your download page. Please contact us if you do not have the link to your download page.