Wind Turbine Aerodynamics

Lesson 2a Overview


Basic aerodynamic theory is rooted in the actuator- or rotor disk model. In this lesson, we are going to begin with a power curve of a modern pitch-controlled wind turbine, then continue with the basics of the actuator- and rotor disk models.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Understand the power curve of pitch-controlled HAWTs
  • Understand the basics of Momentum Theory
  • Derive the ‘Betz Limit’
  • Include Rotational Effects
  • Plot the Power Coefficient vs. Tip-Speed Ratio

What is due for Lesson 2a?

This lesson will take us one week to complete.

Lesson 2a Assignments
Quiz: Lesson 2a quiz


If you have any questions about the course, please post them to our Class Discussion Forum, located in Canvas under Modules in Orientation and Resources. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you are able to help out a classmate.

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