Tang, X, Peng, R and Liu, Xiongwei
Design and Finite Element Analysis of Mixed Aerofoil Wind Turbine Blades.
In: 7th PhD Seminar on Wind Energy in Europe, 27-28 October 2011, Delft University of Technology, Netherland.
Wind turbine technology is one of the rapid growth sectors of renewable energy all over the world. As a core component of a wind turbine, it is a common view that the design and manufacturing of rotor blades represent about 20% of the total investment of the wind turbine . Moreover, the performance of a wind turbine is highly dependent on the design of the rotor . As well as rotor aerodynamic performance, the structure strength, stiffness and fatigue of the blade are also critical to the wind turbine system service life. This paper presents the design and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of a 10KW fixed-pitch variable-speed wind turbine blade with five different thickness of aerofoil shape along the span of the blade. The main parameters of the wind turbine rotor and the blade aerodynamic geometry shape are determined based on the principles of the blade element momentum (BEM) theory. Based on the FE method, deflections and strain distributions of the blade under extreme wind conditions are numerically predicted. The results indicate that the tip clearance is sufficient to prevent collision with the tower, and the blade material is linear and safe.
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wind turbine blade design; finite element analysis