Optimization of wind turbine rotors - using advanced aerodynamic and aeroelastic models and numerical optimization

Mads Døssing

    Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesis

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    During the last decades the annual energy produced by wind turbines has increased dramatically and wind turbines are now available in the 5MW range. Turbines in this range are constantly being developed and it is also being investigated whether turbines as large as 10-20MW are feasible. The design of very large machines introduces new problems in the practical design, and optimization tools are necessary. These must combine the dynamic eects of both aerodynamics and structure in an integrated optimization environment. This is referred to as aeroelastic optimization. The Ris DTU optimization software HAWTOPT has been used in this project. The quasi-steady aerodynamic module have been improved with a corrected blade element momentum method. A structure module has also been developed which lays out the blade structural properties. This is done in a simplied way allowing fast conceptual design studies and with focus on the overall properties relevant for the aeroelastic properties. Aeroelastic simulations in the time domain were carried out using the aeroelastic code HAWC2. With these modules coupled to HAWTOPT, optimizations have been made. In parallel with the developments of the mentioned numerical modules, focus has been on analysis and a fundamental understanding of the key parameters in wind turbine design. This has resulted in insight and an eective design methodology is presented. Using the optimization environment a 5MW wind turbine rotor has been optimized for reduced fatigue loads due to apwise bending moments. Among other things this has indicated that airfoils for wind turbine blades should have a high lift coecient. The design methodology proved to be stable and a help in the otherwise challenging task of numerical aeroelastic optimization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde
    PublisherRisø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark
    Number of pages181
    ISBN (Print)978-87-550-3861-5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2011


    • Aeroelastic design methods
    • Risø-PhD-69(EN)
    • Risø-PhD-69
    • Risø-PhD-0069


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