Model-Based Design of a Wind Turbine

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

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Steve Miller, MathWorks

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 ideas in simulation and to quickly compare the performance of the new design to the requirements. Working in a single simulation environment can offer significant improvements over a traditional development process.

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

• How to link design and system specifications to tightly integrate the requirements into the design process
• How to develop system-level models that can detect integration issues before building hardware
• How to automatically run tests, evaluate the results, and document system performance
• How simulation models can be converted to C code for tasks such as HIL testing and parameter sweeps

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
  • SimPowerSystems
  • Simscape
  • Simulink Report Generator

Recorded: 14 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
Engineers designing yaw and pitch actuators for wind turbines need to take into account many of the other components in the overall system to produce an optimized design. Selecting a technology requires doing tradeoff studies in early stages to deter

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