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Design and Simulation of Wind Turbines


The course "Design and Simulation of Wind Turbines" is about the active transfer of knowladge about the process of design , simulation and certification of horizontal axis wind turbines. Throughout the semester, the 4 steps in wind turbine design (Aerodynamic design - Aerodynamic Simulation - Structural Design - Aeroelastic Simulation) will be covered using examples of research wind turbines (NREL5MW, DTU10MW).

Each seminar is divided into three parts:

  1. Part 1. An input by the instructur about aerodynamic, structural and aeroelastic design and simulation methologies and principal design theories.
  2. Part 2. A written exercise carried out by the participating students in order to deepen the understanding of part I and discuss uncertainaties.
  3. Part 3. A supervised programming tasks in design and simulation of wind turbines based on the aquired knowledge of part 1 and part 2.

The software used within the seminar are "QBlade"(Wind Turbine Design and Simulation - developed at TU Berlin) as well as a selection of pre- and postprocessing tools for aeroelastic wind turbine simulation (FAST, IECWind, PDAP). Through application examples, simulations and supervised programming tasks, the students are given competences in the independent handling of the wind turbine design software "QBlade". The course covers airfoil selection, aerodynamic & structural blade design and aeroelastic simulations using the NREL software FAST - Code (Fatigue, Aerodynamics, Structures and Turbulence).

The students attending this course will be learning the basic design methods of horizontal axis wind turbines and carry out certification-relevant Design Load Case simulations according to the DIN 61400. Existing knowledge from previous lectures is deliberately deepened and expanded. In addition, the course prepares the participating students for assignments in the area of ​​wind energy research by dealing with scientific-oriented questions.


Students from the following fields course will be able to include this modul into their course of studies. Please refer to your module lists for further details

  • M.Sc Regenerative Energiesysteme
  • M.Sc Physikalische Ingenieurwissenschaften
  • M.Sc Luft- und Raumfahrt
  • M.Sc Patentingenieurwesen
  • M.Sc Gebäudeenergiesysteme
  • M.Sc Maschinenbau
  • M.Sc Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen
  • M.Sc Technomathematik

The course will take place weekly on Wednesdays, 10:00-13:00 at TU Building SG-12 in the PC-Pools of the MOVEIT-center. Limited number of participants: 40.

The course registration will open by the end of september. Check the homepage for updates. Note: No pre-registration possible.

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