Optimisation of the efficiency of carbon fibre heating elements implanted in wind turbine blades

Smith, Benjamin and Maheri, Alireza (2012) Optimisation of the efficiency of carbon fibre heating elements implanted in wind turbine blades. In: Proceedings of the 2012 2nd International Symposium On Environment Friendly Energies And Applications. IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, pp. 410-414. ISBN 978-1467329095

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EFEA.2012.6294045


Ice accretion on wind turbine blades operating in cold climates decreases the aerodynamic efficiency and can have negative impacts on the structural integrity. This paper presents the results of a study on the concept of using implanted resistive heating for the anti-icing of wind turbine blades. A finite difference model is developed and used to perform transient heat transfer analysis of the implanted heating elements within the wind turbine rotor blade. The heat transfer module is linked to a genetic algorithm optimiser module to find the optimum depth of implanted heating elements which minimises the energy consumption of the system subject to manufacturing and operational constraints. The control of the system has been considered by observing the system performance using the results generated by the optimisation process.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Presented at the 2012 2nd International Symposium on Environment Friendly Energies and Applications (EFEA), 25-27 June 2012, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti-icing, carbon fibre, de-icing, icing problem, resistive heating, wind turbine blade
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
H400 Aerospace Engineering
H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: Sarah Howells
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 10:23
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 22:29
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10179

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