A developer of multidiscipline simulation software has announced the new 2012 version of its Advanced Wind Turbine Modeling (AdWiMo) solution. AdWiMo is said to allow the rapid modeling and accurate system simulation of wind turbines. As a plug-in to Adams, the multibody dynamics analysis software from MSC Software, the recent version of AdWiMo supports the new Adams 2012 interface and better addresses areas of the certification process for wind turbines.
Design validation and certification of wind turbines is mandatory in most countries and is essential to designing a mechanically reliable wind turbine. Certification involves the testing of operation and safety concepts as well as design loads and load calculations. As part of a certification, more than 1,000 simulation runs may be necessary. AdWiMo helps to manage and simplify this process. For example, the new Load and Analysis Manager in AdWiMo lets wind-turbine analysts import their model, setup, execute and post process the simulations they need for certification, based on different norms and guidelines.
Other enhancements include an updated topology for direct-drive turbines, the ability to introduce smoothened aerodynamic forces by a step function, calculation of the fatigue-limit summary, and first level integration of MSC Fatigue for post processing.
AdWiMo considers the major aspects of turbine design including tower, blades, hub, mainframe, gearbox housing, bearings, transmission, controls (generator, pitch, yaw), aerodynamic and centrifugal forces, coriolis acceleration, gyroscopic moments, point loads, gravity, thermal loads, and wave loads from 3rd parties. The developer says the software is user-friendly and scalable for the complete design process of a wind turbine. This means a simplified wind turbine in a conceptual design phase can be expanded to a fully detailed design by introducing more complex subsystems, such as gears and rolling bearings, or by replacing rigid bodies with flexible bodies, or both.
Readers can learn more at the HUSUM WindEnergy trade fair in Hall 2, Stand Number 2F03 from September 18 to 22. MSC invites attendees to the session: MSC Software AdWiMo – One Tool for On/Offshore Wind Turbine Design and Certification on Thursday, September 20 and 21, 2012 from 10:30 am to noon. More information: http://pages.mscsoftware.com/HUSUM2012.html.
MSC Software Corp
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