FSG3226 Wind Energy Aerodynamics 7.5 credits
Strömningsmekanik för vindenergi
The course describes the aerodynamic phenomena involved in wind energy, an energy source that is strategic in the transition from a reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energy to address the challenges of energy security and climate change. The performance of wind turbines are first described according to momentum-based theories providing a detailed characterisation of the wind-turbine blade aerodynamics and guidelines about its optimisation. Elements of meteorology and wind-resource assessment are introduced to learn what is causing the wind and how it is affected by large-scale dynamics down to the local terrain conditions. Current measurements techniques and corrections are presented for both wind-tunnel and atmospheric measurements. Elements of flow modelling and wind-resource assessment are provided together with guidelines about the design of wind farms both in classrooms and by means of dedicated software suites used in the wind-energy community.