Model-Based Design of a Wind Turbine

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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.

This webinar is part of a recorded webinar series demonstrating how MathWorks tools enable Model-Based Design for wind turbine development. 

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

Product Focus

  • SimMechanics
  • SimPowerSystems
  • Simscape
  • Simulink Report Generator

Recorded: 14 May 2009