Animate a Wind Farm with MATLAB

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A VRML model of a wind turbine, animated with MATLAB and Simulink 3D Animation.


Updated 1 Sep 2016

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In this demo, we show how you can create the 3D visualization of a wind farm consisting of identical wind turbines in the ocean. Using the extrusion node in VRML, we model the complex 3D geometry of a blade. We use a NACA 0015 Thickness Form as the wing section of the blade, vary its size and orientation along its spine. By using other simple geometrical constructs in VRML, we model the hub and the tower. Grouping and replication of nodes enables the assembly of the wind turbine and then the wind farm. By using the Simulink 3D Animation API, we do a simple animation of the turbines from MATLAB.
The modeling of the blade geometry in VRML may also be of interest to aerospace engineers.

Please note that Simulink 3D Animation is required to run the demo.

The videos on how this was built from scratch is available under
"Green Energy Application Examples" section here:

Enhancements to the demo:
1. Adding realism to the 3D scene in this submission here:

2. Fog effect for this demo is added in this submission here:

Cite As

Simulink Dude (2022). Animate a Wind Farm with MATLAB (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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Created with R2009b
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