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The MSC.ADAMS-to-AeroDyn (ADAMS2AD) interface is a software package for simulating the coupled dynamic response of horizontal-axis wind turbines.

It is written to interface the AeroDyn aerodynamics analysis routines to the commercially available multibody dynamics analysis software package MSC.ADAMS from MSC.Software Corp. of Santa Ana, California. Use of these routines requires the purchase of an MSC.ADAMS license.

MSC.ADAMS can be used to analyze extremely complex dynamics models and also allows the user to create custom dynamic-link libraries by linking the program to user-written subroutines. The ADAMS2AD interface takes advantage of these features for wind turbine analysts by providing a set of routines that interfaces the MSC.ADAMS software to the AeroDyn aerodynamics routines. Thus, complex wind turbine dynamics models can be analyzed in MSC.ADAMS while making full use of the aerodynamic analysis capabilities of AeroDyn.

This program and user's guide assume the user is an experienced wind turbine aerodynamics and dynamics analyst. Questions related to the FAST-to-ADAMS preprocessor and the AeroDyn interface should be directed to Jason Jonkman.

This software was developed by Jason Jonkman of NREL, based on prior developments at Windward Engineering LLC.

Note: NREL is not furthering the development this software. The links below are provided for archival purposes only.


ADAMS2AD Change Log (v13.01.00b-bjj, 43 KB, 22-February-2013)

This is a list of changes made to the code. Look at this text file to see if we've made worthwhile changes since you received your previous version of ADAMS2AD.

ADAMS2AD User's Guide (v12.02, 307 KB, 6-September-2001)

This is the ADAMS2AD User's Guide. It explains what ADAMS2AD does and how you can use it. When using the FAST-to-ADAMS preprocessor, it should be used in conjunction with the FAST User's Guide. It is also included in the archive. Note: Some of the recent changes to ADAMS2AD are not included in this guide; please also read the Addendum to the ADAMS2AD User's Guide.

Addendum to the ADAMS2AD User's Guide

As we have not had the time to update user's guides, we have temporarily left A2AD v13.01.00b-bjj as an "alpha" version. We have created a document to guide you through the major changes in the updated code and to document the updated AeroDyn interface. We encourage you to read it.