Challenges and Possible Solutions in Aeroelastic Modeling for the Distributed Wind Industry

Rick Damiani, Dean Davis, Brent Summerville

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Aeroelastic modeling (AM) is the primary methodology for structural and performance assessment of any wind turbine; it provides an understanding of the impact of design parameters on turbine loading and power response before witnessing it in the field. Despite these advantages, the use of AM in the distributed wind technology (DWT) sector is limited. This article represents a short summary of an in-depth assessment by the authors of the status of AM and its role within the distributed wind technology design standards. The research gathered input and feedback from a large number of U.S. and international stakeholders, reviewed technical strengths and weaknesses of the current edition of the design standards, analyzed the minutes from recent industry workshops and meetings, collected publicly available AM templates, and provided an evaluation of the existing AM codes. Several goals were achieved including providing strategies for the load assessment categorization of turbines based on rotor swept area and archetype, and guidance for AM verification and validation. Recommendations within this study will advance the value and the ease-of-use of AM, thereby allowing the industry to better capitalize this underutilized tool, resulting in a more efficient design process, an easier path to certification, and overall better and more reliable distributed wind technology products.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberArticle No. 042075
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2 Jun 2022
Event2022 Science of Making Torque from Wind, TORQUE 2022 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Jun 20223 Jun 2022

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5000-81955


  • aeroelastic modeling
  • design standards
  • distributed wind
  • wind turbines


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