This page is for FAST v8, using the FAST Modularization Framework developed at NREL.

NREL 5 MW - OC4-DeepCwind Semi-Submersibleby Jason Jonkman, Ph.D. (theory) and Bonnie Jonkman (source code)
National Wind Technology Center

NREL put considerable effort into improving the overall modularity of its FAST wind turbine aero-hydro-servo-elastic tool. FAST v8.16.00a-bjj is the last public release under the FAST Modularization Framework before the transition to OpenFAST.

We are currently transitioning from FAST to OpenFAST. For the most recent version of FAST, developed under this framework, please see the OpenFAST web site. While FAST v8 has many features not found in FAST v7, some features of FAST v7.02.00d-bjj have not yet been added to FAST v8 or OpenFAST, and some features of FAST v8 have not yet been added to OpenFAST. Thus, we will continue to support multiple versions of the software (FAST v7, FAST v8, and OpenFAST) until OpenFAST completely replaces older versions. If you are unsure which version of FAST you should use, please read the Guide to Changes in FAST v8 and the Transition to OpenFAST and OpenFAST Release Notes to help guide your decision (but usually the newest version is recommended). Further FAST v8 documentation is available with FAST v7.02.00d-bjj.

You may download the following files from our server:

FAST v8 Documentation

  • Change Log (v8.16.00a-bjj, 27-Jul-2016)

    This is a list of changes made to the code. Look at this text file to see if we have made worthwhile changes since you received your previous version of FAST v8.

  • Guide to Changes in FAST v8 (26-Jul-2016)

    This document is designed to help guide you through some of the changes that FAST has undergone. We recommend that you read it before using the archives distributed here. This document is also part of the FAST v8 archive, but is placed here for quick reference.

FAST v8 Archives (v8.16.00a-bjj, 27-Jul-2016)

FAST v8.16.00a-bjj contains the following modules/components:

Component Version
FAST v8.16.00a-bjj
ElastoDyn v1.04.00a-bjj
BeamDyn v1.01.04
AeroDyn v15.03.00
AeroDyn v14 v14.05.01a-bjj
InflowWind v3.03.00
ServoDyn v1.06.00a-bjj
TMD (part of ServoDyn) v1.02.01-sp
HydroDyn v2.05.01
SubDyn v1.03.00
MAP++ 1.20.10
FEAMooring v1.02.01
MoorDyn v1.01.02F
OrcaFlex Interface v1.01.02
IceFloe v1.01.01
IceDyn v1.02.01
NWTC Subroutine Library v2.09.00
FAST Registry v3.02.00

All of the source code files you need to compile FAST are included in the FAST v8 archive, but documentation on the individual modules must be downloaded from their respective web sites. The FAST v8 archives also contain compilation scripts and a Microsoft Visual Studio Project file, which are designed to run the FAST Registry and compile the included source code.

FAST v8 was created with Intel® Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013 SP1 The FAST Simulink S-function was created using MATLAB R2014b and Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2013.

  • FAST v8 Archive for Windows® (EXE 92 MB)

    This is a self-extracting archive of FAST v8 for Windows®. It contains the FAST v8 source code, sample input files, installation-verification test procedure (regression test), documentation, and compiling scripts. It contains 32- and 64-bit versions of the FAST v8 executable file, DLL for MAP++, FAST Library DLL, and the Simulink S-Function. It also contains the FAST Registry executable file.

  • FAST v8 Archive for Linux (tar.gz 27 MB)

    This is a compressed archive of FAST v8 for non-Windows® users. It contains the FAST v8 source code, sample input files, installation-verification test procedure (regression test), documentation, and compiling scripts. Users will also need to download the MAP++ source files to create the shared library.

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