Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Tools

The wind and water power engineering community relies extensively on computer-aided-engineering (CAE) tools for performance, loads, and stability analyses.  Analyzing wind and water power structures requires CAE tools that model the important physical phenomena and system couplings, including the environmental excitation (wind, waves, and current) and full-system dynamic response (rotor, drivetrain, nacelle, support structure, and controller).  The CAE tools on this website range from preprocessors to help build models, simulators to perform the analysis (typically in the time domain), postprocessors to analyze the results, and utilities to run and manage the processing tasks.

We have divided our CAE tools into four categories: