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A Methodology for Robust Load Reduction in Wind Turbine Blades Using Flow Control Devices

Decades of wind turbine research, development and installation have demonstrated reductions in levelized cost of energy (LCOE) resulting from turbines with larger rotor diameters and increased hub heights. Further reductions in LCOE by up-scaling …

Multi-fidelity digital twin structural model for a sub-scale downwind wind turbine rotor blade

This paper presents the development of a multi-fidelity digital twin structural model (virtual model) of an as-built wind turbine blade. The goal is to develop and demonstrate an approach to produce an accurate and detailed model of the as-built …

Control co-design of 13 MW downwind two-bladed rotors to achieve 25% reduction in levelized cost of wind energy

Wind energy is recognized worldwide as cost-effective and environmentally friendly and is among the fastest-growing sources of electrical energy. To further decrease the cost of wind energy, wind turbines are being designed at ever larger scales, …

Structural design and optimization of a series of 13.2 MW downwind rotors

The quest for reduced LCOE has driven significant growth in wind turbine size. A key question to enable larger rotor designs is how to configure and optimize structural designs to constrain blade mass and cost while satisfying a growing set of …

Gravo-aeroelastic scaling of a 13-MW downwind rotor for 20% scale blades

A 105-m, 13-MW two-bladed downwind Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor (SUMR-13) blade was gravo-aeroelastically scaled by 20% to a 20.87-m-long demonstrator blade and confirmed through structural ground testing. The subscale model was achieved …

A gravo-aeroelastically scaled wind turbine rotor at field-prototype scale with strict structural requirements

A new sub-scale field-prototype design solution is developed to realize the dynamics, structural response, and distributed loads (gravitational, aerodynamic, centrifugal) that are characteristic of a full-scale large, modern wind turbine rotor. Prior …

System-level design studies for large rotors

textlessptextgreatertextlessstrongtextgreaterAbstract.textless/strongtextgreater We examine the effect of rotor design choices on the power capture and structural loading of each major wind turbine component. A harmonic model for structural loading …

Assessment of flutter prediction and trends in the design of large-scale wind turbine rotor blades

With the progression of novel design, material and manufacturing technologies, the wind energy industry has successfully produced larger and larger wind turbine rotor blades while driving down the levelized cost of energy (LCOE). Though the benefits …