Latest Step-By-Step Verification and Validation Study on QBlade Submitted πŸ”¬

QBlade validation data

Our colleague, Robert Behrens de Luna, has submitted the next exhaustive verification and validation study for QBlade to the Wind Energy Science Journal (WES): “Verifying QBlade-Ocean: A Hydrodynamic Extension to the Wind Turbine Simulation Tool QBlade”

This milestone builds upon our contributions to the FLOATECH H2020 Offshore Wind Project and revolves around a meticulous step-by-step verification of the recently introduced ‘offshore’ features in QBlade.

The discussion follows a hierarchical structure, commencing with simple static displacement tests, followed by decay tests, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic loading tests, regular and irregular wave excitation tests (including 2nd order loads) and ultimately encompassing fully coupled complex aero-hydro-servo-elastic cases.

The validation/verification draws from a combination of experimental data from Softwind and OC5 tank tests, as well as numerical data from DeepLines Wind and OpenFAST. The analysis is conducted across three distinct floater designs (OC5, Softwind and HexaFloat).

Throughout this work, we engage in in-depth discussions of various floater modeling choices, shedding light on their impact on the simulation outcomes.

πŸ”—The WES preprint is accessible through the following link: