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Introduction

The SimWindFarm toolbox is developed as part of the Aeolus FP7 project and is aimed at providing a fast wind farm simulation environment for development of wind farm control algorithms.

Simulation of added turbulence in the wakes is developed and added to SimWindFarm as part of the work in the project NORCOWE. It is added on this web page for convenience.

The toolbox provides simple turbine models along with wind field generation and turbine wake simulation. The toolbox provides two different approaches to wind field generation; one where taylor's frozen turbulence is assumed and one where wind is generated for each turbine.

Functionality

The SimWindFarm toolbox v1.0 supports the following features

  • Simulation of wind farms with arbitrary layout

  • Automatic generation of wind farm models

  • Integration into simulink

  • Simple farm control and network operation

  • Wake animation

  • Fatigue analysis

The SimWindFarm toolbox v1.1 supports the additional features

  • Wakes with added turbulence

Known bugs and regressions

  • S/N curve slope is currently hardcoded

  • Ultimate load is currently hardcoded

  • New wind generation does only allow for farms of identical turbines.

Licensing

This data and software (Data) constituting SimWindFarm (SWF) is provided by Aalborg University (AAU) as a part of the Aeolus EU Frame program 7 project.

Access to and use of these Data shall impose the following obligations on the user, as set forth in this Agreement. The user agrees to credit AAU/Aeolus in any publication that results from the use of these Data. The names AAU/Aeolus/SWF, however, may not be used in any advertising or publicity to endorse or promote any products or commercial entities unless specific written permission is obtained from AAU. The user also understands that AAU is not obligated to provide the user with any support, consulting, training or assistance of any kind with regard to the use of these Data or to provide the user with any updates, revisions or new versions of these Data.

Any further distribution by any holder of this software package or any data contained therein outside of AAU/Aeolus offices or other AAU/Aeolus contractors, unless otherwise specifically provided for, is prohibited without the approval of AAU.

You will report any problems encountered in the software as they occur, and permit access to the personnel using these programs for detailed discussions of the problem. Discussions will be limited to defining the problem(s) and fixing the software.

SWF contains parts of the MCrunch software package made available by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and it is distributed with the permission of NREL. The MCrunch code is contained in the “mcrunch” sub-directory and is subject to the discliamer available at http://wind.nrel.gov/designcodes/disclaimer.html.

You will offer suggestions as to code improvements that will provide greater accuracy, versatility, and utility for the programs.

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