Design of an aeroelastically tailored 10 MW wind turbine rotor

Frederik Zahle, Carlo Tibaldi, Christian Pavese, Michael McWilliam, José Pedro Albergaria Amaral Blasques, Morten Hartvig Hansen

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    This work presents an integrated multidisciplinary wind turbine optimization framework utilizing state-of-the-art aeroelastic and structural tools, capable of simultaneous design of the outer geometry and internal structure of the blade. The framework is utilized to design a 10 MW rotor constrained not to exceed the design loads of an existing reference wind turbine. The results show that through combined geometric tailoring of the internal structure and aerodynamic shape of the blade it is possible to achieve significant passive load alleviation that allows for a 9% longer blade with an increase in AEP of 8.7%, without increasing blade mass and without significant increases in ultimate and fatigue loads on the hub and tower.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number062008
    Book seriesJournal of Physics: Conference Series (Online)
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventThe Science of Making Torque from Wind 2016 - Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany
    Duration: 5 Oct 20167 Oct 2016
    Conference number: 6


    ConferenceThe Science of Making Torque from Wind 2016
    LocationTechnische Universität München (TUM)
    Internet address

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    • Power and plant engineering (mechanical engineering)
    • Optimisation
    • Design
    • Fluid mechanics and aerodynamics (mechanical engineering)
    • Elasticity (mechanical engineering)
    • Mechanical components
    • aerodynamics
    • blades
    • design engineering
    • elasticity
    • optimisation
    • rotors (mechanical)
    • wind turbines
    • design
    • aeroelasticity
    • wind turbine rotors
    • optimization
    • aerodynamic shape
    • fatigue load
    • power 10 MW


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