Aerodynamic design of wind turbine blades considering manufacturing constraints

Stylianidis, Nearchos, Macquart, Terence and Maheri, Alireza (2014) Aerodynamic design of wind turbine blades considering manufacturing constraints. In: 3rd International Symposium On Environment Friendly Energies And Applications (EFEA 2014), 19-21 Nov 2014, Paris.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EFEA.2014.7059984

Abstract

The present paper investigates the aerodynamic design of wind turbine blades while considering manufacturing constraints. Blade topologies achieved by unconstrained optimisation methods are likely to lose optimality after manufacturing simplifications are applied. The present paper proposes and evaluates the performance of an optimisation method for wind turbine blades while considering manufacturing constraints. The optimal solution achieved this way is manufacturing-ready. In addition, integrating manufacturing design knowledge into the optimisation is shown to significantly reduce the design space, and therefore the time taken by the optimisation algorithm. While the proposed method herein is described for a standalone aerodynamic optimisation, it can also be used for aero-structural optimisations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: aerodynamic design, aerofoil blending, chord linearisation, optimisation, wind turbine
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 10:11
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:03
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21904

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