AeroElastic Design (AED) group is committed to research multidisciplinary fields regarding on- and off-shore wind turbines in order to provide high values of scientific research and education that will contribute to reduce the cost of energy generated by wind turbines further.
AeroElastic Design (AED) group has 3 focused research areas to contribute the cost of energy reduction: (1) Aeroelasticity, (2) Load mitigation technology and (3) System design optimisation.
Aeroelasticity is the interactions between the inertial, elastic, and aerodynamic forces that occur when an elastic body is exposed to a fluid flow. We are focusing on wind turbine aeroelasticity to understand its dynamic behaviours and design innovative wind turbine systems. Currently we are developing an aeroelastic analysis tool based on co-rotational formulation and classical unsteady BEM method.
2. Load mitigation technology
Wind turbine system is exposed by various loads such as aerodynamic, mechanical, hydrodynamic loads etc. These loads are important design parameters and affect the cost of energy as well. We are investigating various passive and active control technologies to reduce the loads applied to wind turbine systems.
3. System design optimisation
Wind turbine is a multi-disciplinary system. In order to design a wind turbine system various disciplines such as aerodynamics, structural dynamics, loads, control, material, hydrodynamics, etc. should be considered. We are working on developing a multi-disciplinary design optimisation framework not only designing an optimum wind turbine system but also understanding design sensitivities depending on selected design methods and design variables.