Design and CFD study of a simple wind turbine
Ng, Nicholas Poh Huat
Date of Issue2017-05-29
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Due to increasing energy requirements, wind turbine blades have increased in size and flexibility. This results in increasing aeroelastic effects, caused by fluid-structure interactions. Therefore, accurate modelling of these fluid-structure interactions is crucial in the development of larger wind turbines. In this study, a wind turbine blade is designed for operation under optimal conditions, an investigation was conducted on the fluid- structure interactions using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to calculate the aerodynamic loads caused by fluid flow, which are then applied to a static structural analysis of the turbine blade using finite element analysis (FEA). One-way coupling is used to map the CFD loads to the FEA. The stress distributions and blade deflections are also found to facilitate in future design improvements.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University