Next Generation Wind Turbine Simulation
The QBlade Software
This powerful tool enables highly detailed simulations of wind turbine designs, featuring physics models that are more than 30 times faster than real-time. All of this functionality is accessible through an intuitive and user-friendly graphical interface.
QBlade is available as standalone software for both Windows and Linux operating systems, with two distinct releases tailored for non-commercial and commercial applications.
You can utilize QBlade for various purposes, including:
- Wind Turbine Design (HAWT, VAWT and Multi-Rotor)
- Floater Design and Numerical Testing
- Controller Testing and Optimization
- IEC Design Load Certification
- Wind Farm Simulations and Wake Interaction Studies
- Digital Twins in Python or Matlab Environments
Results You Can Rely On
Ensuring the reliability of simulation results is of utmost importance when conducting wind turbine design, optimization or certification tasks. QBlade has undergone rigorous validation and verification against experimental data and other aeroelastic codes, based on a substantial amount of different datasets and models.
Throughout the software development process, we have conducted numerous validation and verification campaigns. Moreover, the broader user community has actively contributed to this effort by applying the software in practical, real-world scenarios. This comprehensive validation covers all aspects of aerodynamics, structural dynamics and hydrodynamics, both as individual components and in complex, fully coupled scenarios.
For the most up-to-date technical reports and peer-reviewed publications on QBlade, please visit our Publications List.
A constant and driving force during the whole software development process is to make wind turbine design and simulation effortless, fun and accessible to everyone.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is QBlade Open Source?
The source code is publicly available, but strictly speaking, no. Since the release of QBlade 2.0 we have changed from the GPLv2 license to the Academic Public License (APL) . This means that the software and source code of QBlade are freely available to the public - but are restricted to non-commercial use only. While for non-commercial use the APL resembles the GPL license, allowing for free modification and redistribution of the code under the APL, commercial users need to aquire a commercial license to use the software.
Do I need a license to use QBlade?
If you use QBlade for non-commercial research or hobby you can use QBlade-CE and its source code free of charge under the APL License . In a commercial setting you require a commercial license for QBlade-EE. QBlade-CE may be used for the purpose of evaluation. Find out more in the License Information section.
Can I run QBlade on my Mac?
At the moment QBlade is only available for Windows and Linux. However, in general it can be cross-compiled for Mac-OS. In the near future we will also release a Mac version. Stay tuned until the Mac version is available in the Downloads section.
Can I use old .wpa project files with QBlade 2.x?
Unfortunately - no. We have made the decision to cut the compatibility with old releases in favor of a much cleaner code base. However, with our vastly extended import functionality you should have no problem to get your data inside QBlade 2.x. Have a look at the Data Objects Import and Export section in the docs.
Is QBlade on Github or Gitlab?
For now the official live repository is not available online. However you can download the QBlade-CE source code of the latest release from the Downloads section. We are very open to contributions - if you want to contribute just send us a mail request to . If you encounter a bug or find error there is a dedicated section in our Forum for bug reporting.
QBlade Community Edition VS. Enterprise Edition
QBlade is released in two versions: the public Community Edition “QBlade-CE” and the commercial Enterprise Edition “QBlade-EE”. The Enterprise Edition of QBlade includes several essential, practical and timesaving addons and improvements for a production-ready application by commercial users, such as automation, scripting and dramatically increased performance. A feature-based comparison between both versions is shown in the table below:
|Feature||QBlade Community Edition||QBlade Enterprise Edition|
|License Type||Academic Public License||Commercial License|
|Commercial Use Allowed||no||yes|
|Included software training||no||yes|
|Support||user’s forum||dedicated on-demand support|
|Source Code Avaliability||public||closed|
|Wind and Wave Generation||yes||yes|
|Graphical User Interface||yes||yes|
|Text Based Object Import and Export||yes||yes|
|Software in Loop (SIL) Interface||yes||yes|
|Modal Analysis, Campbell Diagram, Aeroelastic Power Curve||no||yes|
|Higher Order Particle Wake Aerodynamics||no||yes|
|Multi-Rotor Turbine Design||no||yes|
|Multi-Turbine Windpark Simulations||no||yes|
|IEC Compliant DLC Preprocessor (61400-1, 61400-2, 61400-3, 61400-2-3)||no||yes|
|Command Line Interface & Batch Automation||no||yes|
|Full Parallelization and Optimized Libraries||no||yes|
|Real World Performance||~ 1x real time at 20Hz||~ 30x real time at 20Hz|