Wind turbines involve many technical aspects: rotor blades, gearboxes, generators, control systems, etc. These are based on many physical disciplines, such as dynamics, statics, aerodynamics, and electricity. Anyone who wants to apply their scientific or engineering skills to wind turbines should have an overview of the technology with which they interact. This course provides such an overview and helps you understand how the various components of a wind energy system act together.
This course gives students an overview of the multidisciplinary aspects of wind turbines without too much detailed study of the literature of all these aspects. It will explain the relevant technologies at a similarly accessible level.
A different aspect of wind energy
What you need to bring is some basic understanding of engineering sciences and we will get you up to speed with the relevance and application to wind turbine physics and technology. Each week a different aspect of wind energy is highlighted through online lectures, readings, and animations. Quizzes are used to test your progress and weekly exercises help you master the subject. You can discuss the topics with fellow learners in the discussion forum where you can help each other. The lecturers will also assist in answering questions. At the end of the course, you can demonstrate what you have learned in a proctored written exam.
Specialist technical knowledge
Do you study or specialize in a technical domain and want to apply this knowledge to wind turbines? By taking this course you will kick-start your career in wind energy. With the balanced overview of wind turbine technology offered in this course, you will be able to put your specialist technical knowledge to practical use and make yourself a valuable partner for the wind energy industry.
What you'll learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to understand what a turbine is and how it interacts with the environment: what it is like, why it is like that and how to calculate values for its characteristic properties.
Specifically, you will be able to:
- describe the components and configurations of wind turbines
- describe the characteristics of wind, use models that quantify wind speed variations and estimate the energy yield of a wind turbine
- describe the aerodynamic processes at work in wind energy conversion, calculate the forces and power generated and produce a simple rotor design
- explain the working principles of drive train components and determine the operational conditions that affect power, torque, pitch angle etc.
- identify the drivers of dynamic behavior and calculate their typical values
- describe the principles of structural analysis of wind turbines and carry out preliminary predictions of structural failure
- describe the effect of wind turbines on downstream conditions and quantify wind speed and turbulence in wakes
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