The purpose of wind turbines and their predecessors the windmill,
is to convert the energy in the wind to usable energy forms.
Whereas windmills of the past focused on the conversion of wind
power to torque for grinding, pumping and winching, modern wind
turbines convert the wind energy into electric power. They do so
through incorporation of generators, which convert mechanical
torque into electricity. Wind turbines are designed to keep the
overall cost per produced Kilo Watt hour as low as possible. One
way of improving the performance and lifetime of the wind turbine
is through active flow control. Active control is often considered
costly but if the lifespan of the components can be increased it
could be justifiable. This thesis covers various aspects of ‘smart
control’ such as control theory, sensoring, optimization,
experiments and numerical modeling.
- Wind energy
- Aeroelastic design methods