AERSP 880
Wind Turbine Systems

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Welcome to AERSP 880 Wind Turbine Systems!

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Quick Facts about AERSP 880

Instructor:

Susan W. Stewart, Senior Research Associate and Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University.

Authors:

Susan W. Stewart, Department of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, Penn State University.

Overview:

AERSP 880 provides a detailed understanding of the wind turbine as a system, broken down component by component. Students will gain an understanding of the interconnected design elements of a modern horizontal axis wind turbine and how their design relates to their site specific implementation. Topics covered will include an overview of the wind industry, the wind as a resource, an introduction to the aerodynamic design limits of horizontal axis wind turbines, overview of the wind turbine design evolution over the last century, conceptual design of a modern horizontal axis wind turbine, turbine design standards, component design details including the drivetrain and structural elements, and finally an overview of the supervisory control and data acquisition & health monitoring of wind turbines.

Lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Wind Industry Overview
  • Lesson 2: The Wind Resource
  • Lesson 3: Wind Turbine Design Evolution
  • Lesson 4: Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines
  • Lesson 5: Generator & DrivetrainLesson 6: Structural Elements
  • Lesson 6: Structural Elements
  • Lesson 7: Turbine Design Standards
  • Lesson 8: Offshore Wind Technology
  • Lesson 9: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition