An Algorithm for Preliminary Aeroelastic Analysis of Composite Wind Turbine Blades

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McFarlane, Alexander




Determining the structural response of composite horizontal axis wind turbine blades to wind loading is a challenging aeroelastic problem due to the coupling of unsteady aerodynamics and anisotropic structural dynamics. Methods such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) are readily available through respected commercial software such as ANSYS, but are found to be unsuitable for the preliminary design phase in which many simulations are to be run, due to high computational time. A more efficient algorithm has been developed using a panel method for determining the unsteady aerodynamic blade loading, an anisotropic beam dynamics solver based on the Variational Asymptotic Beam Section (VABS) analysis tool developed by Khouli (2009) and the Ritz method, and the Blade Element Momentum Theory (BEMT).


Engineering - Aerospace
Engineering - Mechanical
Applied Mechanics




Carleton University

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