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phy649 - Design of Wind Energy Systems (Complete module description)
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Module label Design of Wind Energy Systems
Module abbreviation phy649
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Attendance: 72 hrs, Self study: 108 hrs
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Engineering Physics (Master) > Schwerpunkt: Renewable Energies
  • Sustainable Renewable Energy Technologies (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
  • Kühn, Martin (module responsibility)
  • Kühn, Martin (authorised to take exams)
  • Schmidt, Andreas Hermann (authorised to take exams)
Basics in Wind Energy Utilisation
Skills to be acquired in this module
Design of Wind Energy Systems:
The students attending the course will have the possibility to expand and sharpen of their knowledge about wind turbine design from the basic courses. The lectures include topics covering the whole spectrum from early design phase to the operation of a wind turbine. Students will learn in exercises how to calculate and evaluate design aspects of wind energy converters.
At the end of the lecture, they should be able to:
estimate the site specific energy yield,
calculate the aerodynamics of wind turbines using the blade
element momentum theory,
model wind fields to obtain specfic design situations for wind turbines,
estimate the influence of dynamics of a wind turbine, especially in the context of fatigue loads,
transfer their knowledge to more complex topics such as simulation and measurements of dynamic loads,
calculate the economic aspects of wind turbine
Aeroelastic Simulation of Wind turbines:
student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
understand the basic concept of an aero-servo-elastic computer code to determine the unsteady aerodynamic loads, derive and validate the required parameters to model the aero-hydro-elastic response of a wind turbine, identify and interpret the required empirical parameters to correct the blade element momentum (BEM) method with respect to dynamic in flow, unsteady airfoil aerodynamics
(dynamic stall), yawed flow, dynamic wake modeling, explain the effects of the different models on the resulting time series and validate the code, interpret design standards for on- and offshore wind turbines,
select the required load cases according to sitespecific environmental data, identify the dimensioning load cases and calculate design loads for different main components of a wind turbine.
Module contents
Design of Wind Energy Systems
Introduction to industrial wind turbine design, rotor aerodynamics and Blade Element Momentum (BEM)
dynamic loading and system dynamics, wind field modelling for fatigue and extreme event loading,
design loads and design aspects of onshore wind turbines, simulation and measurements of dynamic loads, design of offshore wind turbines, power quality and grid integration on wind turbines.
Aeroelastic Simulation of Wind turbines:
The course focuses on the practical implications and handson experience of the aero-hydro-servo-elastic modelling and simulation of wind turbines. The subjects are similar but the treatment is complementary to the parallel course `Design of Wind Energy Systems', which deals with the underlying theoretical background: advanced wind field modelling for fatigue and extreme event loading, modelling of wind farm flow and wake effects, rotor aerodynamics (e.g. stationary or dynamic effects, comparison of Blade Element Momentum theory and more advanced methods like free vortex methods or CFD), structural dynamics and dynamic modelling of wind turbine structures (modelling by ordinary or partial differential
equations, stochastics, multi body system modelling), advanced control of wind turbines,
design standards, design loads and design aspects of off-shore and onshore wind turbines. The students analyse in pairs a model of an entire wind turbine with the aid of a typical wind turbine design tool like GH Bladed, Flex5 or Aerodyn/FAST.
Recommended reading
T. Burton et. al.: Wind Energy Handbook. John Wiley, New York, 2nd ed., 2011;
R. Gasch, J. Twele: Wind Power Plants. Springer, Berlin, 2nd ed., 2011.;
Garrad Hassan, Bladed, Wind Turbine Design Software, Theory Manual; Selected papers from e.g. Wind Energy Journal, Wiley Interscience
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency Wintersemester
Module capacity unlimited
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Teaching/Learning method Lecture and seminar: 2 and 2 hrs/week
Previous knowledge Basics in Wind Energy Utilisation
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
Exam or presentation or oral exam or homework or practical report
Type of course Lecture
Frequency SoSe oder WiSe
On-site workload 56 h