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pre131 - Design and Simulation of Wind Turbines (Complete module description)
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Module label Design and Simulation of Wind Turbines
Module code pre131
Credit points 12.0 KP
Workload 360 h
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Heinemann, Detlev (Authorized examiners)
Holtorf, Hans-Gerhard (Authorized examiners)
Kühn, Martin (Authorized examiners)
Waldl, Hans-Peter (Authorized examiners)
Skills to be acquired in this module

After successful completion of the module students should be able to:

-        critically contribute to the discourse on wind energy design and simulation

-        explain and evaluate technical details of a wind energy converter

-        decide and to defend a design of a wind energy converter

-        recommend on technical details of a wind energy converter

-        transfer their knowledge to more complex topics such as simulation and measurements of dynamic loads

-        assess different aspects of wind energy farms by modelling, comparison, explanation of wind energy potential, wind energy farm’s output, power curves, wind energy project development

-        assess in detail influences of meteorological/climatological aspects on the performance of wind power systems

-        summarize physical processes governing atmospheric wind flows

-        value atmospheric boundary layer flow relevant for wind power conversion
-        argue methods for wind resource assessment and forecasting

Module contents

Content of the module:

The module accesses wind energy from a rather technical approach.

Design of Wind Energy Systems (Lecture & Project ‑ 180 h workload)

-        Calculation of the aerodynamics of wind turbines using the blade element momentum theory,

-        Specific design situations for wind turbines,

-        Estimation of the influence of dynamics of a wind turbine, especially in the context of fatigue loads,

-        Aeroelastic simulation of wind turbines

-        Annual Energy Production (AEP)

-        Design of a commercial (equivalent) wind turbine

Advanced Wind Energy Meteorology (Lecture ‑ 90 h workload)

-        Atmospheric Boundary Layer (turbulence, vertical structure, special BL effects)

-        Atmospheric Flow Modelling: Linear models, RANS & LES models

-        Wind farm modelling

-        Offshore-Specific Conditions

-        Resource Assessment & Wind Power Forecasting

-        Wind Measurements & Statistics

Wind Energy Applications - from Wind Resource to Wind Farm Operations (Lecture ‑ 90 h workload)

-       Evaluation of Wind Resources

  • Weibull Distribution
  • Wind velocity measurements to determine energy yield
  • Basics of Wind Atlas Analysis and Application Program (WAsP) Method, Partial models using WAsP
  • Measure-Correlate-Predict (MCP) Method of long term corrections of wind measurement data in correlation to long term reference data
  • Conditions for stable, neutral and instable atmospheric conditions
  • Wind yield from wind distribution and the power curve
  • Basics in appraising the yearly wind yield from a wind turbine.

-       Wake Effect and Wind Farm

  • Recovery of original wind fields in the downstream of wind turbines
  • Basics of Risø Models
  • Spacing and efficiency in wind farms
  • Positive and Negative Effects of Wind Farms

-       Wind Farm Business

  • Income from the energy yield from wind farms
  • Profit optimization by increase of energy production
  • Wind farm project development
  • Wind farm operation and
  • Surveillance of power production vs. wind climate, power curves, and turbine availability
Reader's advisory
Languages of instruction German, English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level BC (Basiscurriculum / Base curriculum)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
1 Prüfungsleistung: Klausur (3h) oder Präsentation (30 min.) oder mündliche Prüfung (45 min.) oder fachpraktische Übungen (max. 10) oder Hausarbeit (max. 30 Seiten)
Course type Lecture
Frequency SoSe und WiSe
Workload attendance 84 h