About this book
A smart rotor is a wind turbine rotor that, through a combination of sensors, control units and actuators actively reduces the variation of the aerodynamic loads it has to withstand. Smart rotors feature a promising load alleviation potential, and might provide the technological breakthrough required by the next generation of large wind turbine rotors.
The book presents the aero-servo-elastic model of a smart rotor with Adaptive Trailing Edge Flaps for active load alleviation, and provides an insight on the rotor aerodynamic, structural, and control modeling. A novel model for the unsteady aerodynamics of an airfoil section with flap is presented, and coupled with a multi-body structural representation. A smart rotor configuration is proposed, where the Adaptive Trailing Edge Flaps extend along the outer 20 % of the blade span. Linear Quadratic and Model Predictive algorithms are formulated to control the flap deflection. The potential of the smart rotor is finally confirmed by simulations in a turbulent wind field. A significant reduction of the fatigue loads on the blades is reported: the flaps, which cover no more than 1.5 % of the blade surface, reduce the fatigue load by 15 %; a combination of flap and individual pitch control allows for fatigue reductions up to 30 %.
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07365-1
- Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
- Publisher Name Springer, Cham
- eBook Packages Energy
- Print ISBN 978-3-319-07364-4
- Online ISBN 978-3-319-07365-1
- Series Print ISSN 2196-7806
- Series Online ISSN 2196-7814
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