Comparison of Predicted Wind Turbine Blade Loads to Test Measurements

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The accurate prediction of wind turbine blade loads and response is important in predicting the fatigue life of wind machines. At the SERI Wind Energy Research Center, a rotor code called FLAP (Force and Loads Analysis Program) is currently being validated by comparing predicted results to machine measurements. The FLAP code has been modified to allow the teetering degree of freedom. This paperdescribes these modifications and comparisons of predicted blade bending moments to test measurements. Wind tunnel data for a 1/20th scale model will be used to compare FLAP predictions for the cyclic flap-bending moments at the 33% spanwise station for three different wind speeds. The comparisons will be made for both rigid and teetering hubs. Currently, the FLAP code accounts for deterministicexcitations such as wind shear, tower shadow, gravity, and prescribed yawing motions. Conclusions will be made regarding the code's accuracy in predicting the cyclic bending moments.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages10
    StatePublished - 1987

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-217-3070


    • fatigue
    • flap
    • force and loads analysis program
    • rigid hub
    • teetering hub
    • wind energy


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