MAE 4021 - Wind Power

Fall. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: MAE 3230  (or equivalent) or MAE 3050 , MAE 3270 . Prerequisite or corequisite: MAE 4300 . Enrollment limited to: seniors or permission of instructor. Satisfies M.E. senior design requirement. Co-meets with MAE 4020 /MAE 5020 .

R. Barthelmie.

Main features of energy conversion by wind turbines.  Emphasis on characterization of the atmospheric boundary layer, aerodynamics of horizontal axis wind turbines, and performance prediction.  Structural effects, power train considerations, siting and wind farm planning, offshore. Senior Design version of MAE 4020 . Senior Design report required.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to understand the need for carbon-free energy production and the functions of wind turbines

Outcome 2: Students will be able to calculate mean wind fields

Outcome 3: Students will be able to analyze the aerodynamics of wind turbine blades.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to predict efficiency of energy extraction.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to understand the basics of electrical generators and mechanical to electrical energy conversion.

Outcome 6: Students will be able to know how to choose sites for turbines and wind farms.

Outcome 7: Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to design a wind power system or component.

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