Catalogue 2012 - 2013

ME 420 Wind/Water Turbine Aerodynamic Design


3 cr.


ME 415 and ME 316.

Course Description

This course applies control volume theory, Euler's fluid machinery equation and fluid dynamic similitude to the aerodynamic design of wind and water turbines. Control volume theory is used to generate turbine performance goals and realistic design constraints. Key aerodynamic relationships for wind/water turbine concepts are formulated and applied to real wind turbine applications. Both turbine cascade theory and turbine blade element theory are developed. Cascade theory applications include turbine performance estimates using available predictions and the use of fluid dynamic similitude. Blade element theory includes turbine blade design using airfoil lift/drag polars. Blade solidity and rotational speed are investigated for optimum performance.