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Flutter behavior of highly flexible blades for two- and three-bladed wind turbines

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 …

Development of high‐fidelity design‐driven wind blade manufacturing process models to investigate labor predictions in wind blade manufacture

Effect of wind turbine size on load reduction with active flow control

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 …

Field tests of a highly flexible downwind ultralight rotor to mimic a 13-MW turbine rotor

Offshore extreme-scale turbines of 20–25 MW in size may offer reduced energy costs. The technical barriers at these extreme scales include escalating blade masses with increased flexibility as well as high gravity loads and tower-strike issues. These …

Design and analysis of a segmented blade for a 50 MW wind turbine rotor

Extreme-size wind turbines face logistical challenges due to their sheer size. A solution, segmentation, is examined for an extreme-scale 50 MW wind turbine with 250 m blades using a systematic approach. Segmentation poses challenges regarding …

Design of a 3.4-MW wind turbine with integrated plasma actuator-based load control

Historically, cost reduction in wind energy has been accomplished by increasing hub heights and rotor diameters to capture more energy per turbine. The growth in rotor and turbine costs with increasing turbine sizes is also driven by the additional …

Aero-structural design and optimization of 50 MW wind turbine with over 250-m blades

The quest for reduced levelized cost of energy has driven significant growth in wind turbine size; however, larger rotors face significant technical and logistical challenges. The largest published rotor design is 25 MW, and here we consider an even …

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, …