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AE/ME 8xxx Wind Engineering. Lecture #1 Lakshmi N. Sankar OVERVIEW. About the instructor Overview of the Course Content Deliverables, exams, quizzes Grading Policy Access to instructor Resources. About the Instructor. Lakshmi Sankar

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ae me 8xxx wind engineering

AE/ME 8xxxWind Engineering

Lecture #1

Lakshmi N. Sankar

  • About the instructor
  • Overview of the Course
    • Content
    • Deliverables, exams, quizzes
    • Grading Policy
    • Access to instructor
  • Resources
about the instructor
About the Instructor
  • Lakshmi Sankar
  • Regents Professor and Associate Chair
  • Room 360
  • School of Aerospace Engineering
  • Atlanta, GA 30332-0150
  • Phone: 404-894-3014
about the instructor continued
About the instructor (Continued)
  • Courses taught include
    • Introduction to AE (AE 1350)
    • Low Speed Aerodynamics (AE 2020)
    • High Speed Aerodynamics (AE 3021)
    • Airfoil and Wing Design (AE 3021)
    • Helicopter Aerodynamics (AE 6070)
    • Wind Engineering (This course)
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    • Master’s Thesis (AE 7000)
    • Master’s Special Problem (AE 8900)
    • Ph D Thesis (AE 9000)
about the instructor continued5
About the instructor (Continued)
  • Research areas include
    • Helicopter aeromechanics
    • Wind turbine modeling and design
    • Aerodynamics of Turbomachinery
    • Aircraft Aerodynamics
  • Please see my web site for a list of publications, and Ph D students graduated in recent years.
overview of this course
Overview of this Course
  • The course material will be posted on t-square.
    • Look under the resource section for lectures
    • Look under assignments for homework/ exam/ papers and their deadlines
    • Look for your grades
    • Look for your classmates’ work at the end of the term.
overview of the course continued
Overview of the Course (Continued)
  • All assignments will be open book and notes
    • You will submit your work electronically at the t-square web site.
  • You will have several weeks of advance notice.
  • If you need an extension, please contact me early.
  • Write as you go, document your work as you go.
  • You are always welcome to contact me with questions.
    • E-mail is preferred!!
    • Telephone calls to 404-894-3014 are always welcome.
overview of the syllabus
Overview of the Syllabus
  • First few lectures will focus on
    • Overview of Wind Engineering (6 hours in normal chalk board lecture mode; actual time will vary depending on the mode of delivery from 3 hours to 5 hours)
      • Benefits of wind energy
      • Assessment of Wind Resources
      • Assessment of means of energy production, consumption, and cost
      • Green credit
      • Wind turbine terminology and definitions
  • First assignment will be posted after these lectures.
    • You will select a wind turbine site and learn all about that site.
    • We will show examples of what information to collect from work of your peers.
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Overview of the Syllabus (Continued)
  • Actuator disk model of horizontal axis wind turbines (3 hours)
    • Earliest work of wind turbines modeled wind turbine as a disk across which mass is conserved, momentum is lost, and energy is lost.
    • This theory may be learned from very simple 1-D approach dealing with the conservation of mass, moment, and energy.
    • See if you are not familiar with these concepts.
    • We will point to these resources as we go!
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Overview of the Syllabus (Continued)
  • Review of airfoil aerodynamics (9 hours)
    • Lift, drag, and pitching moment
    • Panel method for airfoil analysis
    • Modeling laminar and turbulent boundary layers, and transition
    • Airfoil design for wind energy applications
  • This material is intended for non-AE students who may not be familiar with these concepts.
  • Aerospace engineers will benefit as well from a brush-up of these basic concepts.
  • We will talk about public domain and NASA/DoD computer software for modeling airfoil aerodynamics as well.
  • Any engineer planning to work in the wind turbine industry should master one or more of these tools and add it to the toolkit.
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Overview of the Syllabus (Continued)
  • Blade element theory (9 hours)
    • Inflow models based on combined blade element theory
    • Incorporation of swirl losses in inflow
    • Root and tip loses, and stall delay models
    • Assessment of publicly available wind turbine modeling tools
  • This method is similar to helicopter and fixed wing aerodynamics, but there are subtle differences.
  • We will cover these concepts from the very basic aerodynamic principles discussed earlier.
  • You will learn to model wind turbines using public domain solvers.
    • You may write your own in Matlab, Excel, or C or Fortran
second assignment
Second Assignment
  • Your second assignment will involve learning (or writing) your own wind turbine analysis tool.
  • You will validate this tool by comparing the predictions of this tool to wind tunnel and field data.
    • How does the power production from a wind turbine of a given configuration vary with wind speed?
  • This would be your second deliverable.
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Overview of the Syllabus (Continued)
  • Horizontal axis wind turbine design using blade element theory (6 lectures)
    • A wind turbine is classified by
      • Number of blades
      • Planform (how does chord vary with radial location?)
      • Twist distribution (how does the angle the chord makes with the plane of rotation) vary with radial location?
      • Airfoil aerodynamic properties (How does lift, drag, pitching moments vary with the angle the airfoil makes with oncoming airstream?)
      • Blade RPM
      • Tower height (where is the axis of rotation placed relative to the ground?)
      • Root cutout
    • We will learn about how to design your own wind turbine using the tools validated in assignment #2.
  • This would be your third deliverable.
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Overview of the Syllabus (Continued)
  • Conversion of mechanical energy into electricity (3 hours)
    • Basic AC Power Generators
    • Hybrid Power Systems
    • Hybrid System Modeling and Simulation
  • We will discuss the issues that arise when plugging a wind turbine (or a farm of wind turbines) to the grid.
  • We will talk about combining wind turbines with other energy sources (diesel, gas turbines, nuclear, dry cell batteries, fuel cells, etc)
  • We will discuss the characteristics that need to be modeled.
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Overview of the Syllabus (Continued)
  • Economic analysis of wind turbine systems (3 hours)    
    • We will point to public domain software that you may wish to use to conduct an economic analysis.
    • You will be raising capital from share holders who expect a return on investment
    • You will be borrowing the rest from a bank which charges you interest
    • You will be selling the power to a local utility at fair market prices (cents per Kilo Watt-Hr)
    • You may get green credit or carbon-offset credit
  • You will make a case for wind energy at the site you chose way back in Assignment #1.
    • You may end up with the conclusion that the economic conditions do not favor wind energy sites at this time, but in the future.
  • The fourth deliverable is this economic analysis.
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Overview of the Syllabus (Continued)
  • Impact of wind turbines on the environment (3 hours)
    • Wind turbines help the environment
    • They may harm birdlife, disturb reservations or protected land, and affect commercial and residential property values
  • We will review how these issues are analyzed and factored into the design and construction of a wind turbine site or wind farm.
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Overview of the Syllabus (Continued)
  • Presentations by students (3 hours)
    • You will submit a final report and a PowerPoint presentation that is shared with the entire class.
    • For distance learning students, critique of your work and constructive feedback is optional.
  • The instructor may use your findings and artwork in future semesters.
    • Do not include copyrighted or proprietary results
    • Cite publicly available resources, get permission if it is a private communication.
in summary
In summary..
  • This course introduces to horizontal axis wind turbines
    • How they operate?
    • How are they modeled and analyzed?
    • How are they designed?
    • How is the economic analysis done?
    • What are the environmental impacts that a designer should be concerned about?
  • I look forward to working with you throughout the semester.
  • I am always just an e-mail or phone call away!