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Open Access Dissertation

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Mechanical Engineering

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded


First Advisor

Matthew A. Lackner

Second Advisor

James F. Manwell

Third Advisor

Hans Johnston

Subject Categories

Energy Systems


This dissertation integrated the free vortex method code Wake Induced Dynamics Simulator (WInDS), which was developed by Sebastian et al., into the open source and widely-used software FAST. A range of computational strategies including paral- lelization and Treecode algorithms are used to increase the computational efficiency of the software. Full aero-hydro-servo-elastic simulations with free vortex method are conducted, which focus on an in-depth study on the influence of the aeroelasticity of the wind turbine and platform motions on the unsteadiness of the aerodynamics, and the comparison of aeroelastic responses of two floating wind turbine concepts. This dissertation also applies long short-term memory (LSTM) architecture for fast wind power prediction.