Determining Mechanical Loads for Wind Turbines

From the series: Developing Wind Power Systems Using MATLAB and Simulink

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Steve Miller, MathWorks

Determining the mechanical loads a wind turbine experiences is a complex process that requires more than just a model of the mechanical system. To accurately predict maximum loads, deflections, and oscillations, the entire system must be modeled in one environment. Increasing the fidelity of the model by incorporating flexible bodies is important when examining the effects of vibrations on the system. Engineers must also have the ability to model custom components in order to innovate and to control the level of fidelity of the model.

The model of a complete wind turbine (including mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems) will be used to show:

• How to build 3-D mechanical system models in the Simulink environment using multibody methods, and directly integrate them with models of hydraulic and electrical systems
• Two methods of incorporate flexible bodies into your model
• How to model custom physical components using the Simscape language
• Two methods for modeling the aerodynamic forces on the wind turbine, including the effects of induced velocity
• How to accelerate load testing by producing a standalone executable from the model and use it to run load tests on separate machines

These points will be illustrated with demonstrations using the model and the simulation software. Experience with MATLAB and Simulink is helpful, but not required to learn from this webinar.

You can download the model used in this webinar from MATLAB Central.

Product Focus

  • SimMechanics
  • Simscape
  • Simulink Report Generator
  • Simulink Verification and Validation

Recorded: 15 May 2009

Series: Developing Wind Power Systems Using MATLAB and Simulink

Model-Based Design of a Wind Turbine  27:12
Developing wind turbines requires a smooth, continuous development process in which modeling and simulation plays a large role. From the earliest design phase to the automatic generation of production code, engineers need the ability to test new idea

Determining Mechanical Loads for Wind Turbines  34:03
Determining the mechanical loads a wind turbine experiences is a complex process that requires more than just a model of the mechanical system. To accurately predict maximum loads, deflections, and oscillations, the entire system must be modeled in o

Designing Pitch and Yaw Actuators for Wind Turbines  35:52
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Designing Control Systems For Wind Turbines  34:22
The number and complexity of control systems in wind turbines is expanding rapidly, and their design can be the difference between an immensely profitable system and a dormant or damaged system. Designing a robust control system requires an accurate