Microtab dynamic modelling for wind turbine blade load rejection

Macquart, Terence, Maheri, Alireza and Busawon, Krishna (2014) Microtab dynamic modelling for wind turbine blade load rejection. Renewable Energy, 64. pp. 144-152. ISSN 0960-1481

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A dynamic model characterising the effect of microtab deployment on the aerodynamics of its base aerofoil is presented. The developed model predicts the transient aerodynamic coefficients consistent with the experimental and computational data reported in the literature. The proposed model is then used to carry out investigation on the effectiveness of microtabs in load alleviation and lifespan increase of wind turbine blades. Simulating a bang–bang controller, different load rejection scenarios are examined and their effect on blade lifespan is investigated. Results indicate that the range of frequencies targeted for rejection can significantly impact the blade fatigue life.

Case studies are carried out to compare the predicted load alleviation amount and the blade lifespan using the developed model with those obtained by other researchers using the steady state model. It is shown that the assumption of an instantaneous aerodynamic response as used in the steady state model can lead to inaccurate results.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: blade load alleviation, fatigue life, bang–bang control
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
H400 Aerospace Engineering
H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 09:31
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 16:36
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/15737

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