Catalogue 2016 - 2017

ME 415 Wind/Water Turbine Fundamentals


3 cr.


ME 303 and ME 316.

Course Description

This course introduces wind and water turbines for power generation, with a focus on current Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines (HAWT). Fluid machinery design concepts are developed which include: lift/drag mechanism, control volume theory, Euler's pump equation and fluid machinery similitude. Application of control volume theory to wind and water turbine design and optimization is formulated, and applied to several case studies. The Betz limit and current HAWT wind turbine aerodynamic limitations are formulated. Key mechanical and electrical components are studied with a focus on overall system performance. New and novel wind/water turbine concepts are discussed and analyzed.