Simulating Wind Turbines - Introduction and Practical Application (Master's)

Computer simulations play a central role in the development of modern wind turbines. The results of these simulations, for example, form the basis for component dimensioning and the design layout of wind turbine systems. It is highly unlikely that the new development of a major wind turbine could be carried out without the aid of computer simulation.

In this context, the “Simulating Wind Turbines - Introduction and Practical Application” advanced study module provides students with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of wind turbine load simulation. The courses teach the theoretical background knowledge relevant for this subject. In particular, this encompasses the operating principles of wind energy engineering and the resulting ramifications for wind turbine modelling. In addition, the course includes an introduction to the most important guidelines and standards (e.g. DNV GL Guidelines, IEC standards), which specify the basic requirements for commercial operations and safety as well as wind turbine modelling. The final essential component of the course concerns the analysis and evaluation of simulation results. In the exercise classes, students are shown how to perform load calculations for a given wind turbine with the aid of common software packages. By modelling specific elements of the load simulation in MATLAB® a deeper understanding of how simulations work is achieved and the students also learn about the limitations of computer simulations.

At a Glance

    • Introduction: Current trends in the design of large wind turbines
    • The structure and working principles of wind turbines
    • Wind field characteristics and how to model them
    • Modelling and simulating wind turbine systems
    • Applicable guidelines and standards
    • Operational management and safety
    • Load cases and the resulting loads
    • Interpreting loads and load-friendly design
    • The role of load simulations in the industrial development process
      Diagram of wind speed, rotor speed, pitch angle and electrical power over time.Diagramm von Windgeschwindigkeit, Rotordrehzahl, Pitchwinkel und elektrischer Leistung über der Zeit.
      Simulation results of a wind turbine's start process.

      Dates and Rooms

      Lecture
      Lecturer:Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil.
      Uwe Ritschel
      Date:Summer Semester 2019
      Exercise      
      Lecturer:M.Sc. Paul Schünemann
      Date:Summer Semester 2019

      This module is taught in German.

      Course documentation and task sheets for the exercises can be downloaded from Stud.IP.

      Additional up-to-date information about the courses of this module can be found at the LSF (lecture, exercise).

      You'll find this module in Stud.IP and in the LSF under Course No. 21180.

      Overview of the lectures