Coordinate System in FAST

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Re: Coordinate System in FAST

Postby Yingyi.Liu » Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:37 am

Jason.Jonkman wrote:Dear Yingyi.Lin,

I agree with points (1) and (2), but point (3) and your picture are not correct. Regarding (3), the thrust for an upwind wind turbine should be directed along positive x. Regarding your picture, it would be correct if you rotate each blade 180 degrees around its z axis, such that x points downwind and the rotor spins clockswise (when looking downwind) opposite to the direction of y.

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Dear Jason,

Thanks. So does it mean that a wind turbine always spins clockwise (looking downwind), no matter it is an upwind or a downwind turbine? Is this understanding correct?

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Re: Coordinate System in FAST

Postby Jason.Jonkman » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:21 pm

Dear Yingyi.Lin,

Yes, in FAST, both upwind and downwind wind turbines spin clockwise when looking downwind.

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