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Title: Assessment of Airfoil Property Sensitivity on Wind Turbine Extreme and Fatigue Loads

Abstract

Wind turbines are designed using a set of simulations to determine the structural loads that the turbine could experience. These structural loads can be significant influenced by physical turbine parameters. While significant research and effort has been put into measuring and defining such parameters, limited work has been done to quantify the sensitivity of structural loads to uncertainty in the physical turbine parameters. This paper therefore seeks to assess the sensitivity of different turbine aerodynamic parameters on the resulting ultimate and fatigue loads of the turbine during normal operational conditions. Eighteen different turbine parameters are screened using an Elementary Effects approach with radial points. The results show a high sensitivity of the loads to the blade twist and lift coefficient distributions. To a lesser extent, other turbine parameters that drive loads include the maximum lift coefficient location, blade chord length, and drag coefficient distributions.

Authors:
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  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1547245
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5000-74502
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the AIAA SciTech 2019 Forum, 7-11 January 2019, San Diego, California
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; wind energy; structural loads; uncertainty; simulations; turbine parameters

Citation Formats

Shaler, Kelsey, Robertson, Amy N, Sethuraman, Latha, and Jonkman, Jason. Assessment of Airfoil Property Sensitivity on Wind Turbine Extreme and Fatigue Loads. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2514/6.2019-0248.
Shaler, Kelsey, Robertson, Amy N, Sethuraman, Latha, & Jonkman, Jason. Assessment of Airfoil Property Sensitivity on Wind Turbine Extreme and Fatigue Loads. United States. doi:10.2514/6.2019-0248.
Shaler, Kelsey, Robertson, Amy N, Sethuraman, Latha, and Jonkman, Jason. Sun . "Assessment of Airfoil Property Sensitivity on Wind Turbine Extreme and Fatigue Loads". United States. doi:10.2514/6.2019-0248.
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title = {Assessment of Airfoil Property Sensitivity on Wind Turbine Extreme and Fatigue Loads},
author = {Shaler, Kelsey and Robertson, Amy N and Sethuraman, Latha and Jonkman, Jason},
abstractNote = {Wind turbines are designed using a set of simulations to determine the structural loads that the turbine could experience. These structural loads can be significant influenced by physical turbine parameters. While significant research and effort has been put into measuring and defining such parameters, limited work has been done to quantify the sensitivity of structural loads to uncertainty in the physical turbine parameters. This paper therefore seeks to assess the sensitivity of different turbine aerodynamic parameters on the resulting ultimate and fatigue loads of the turbine during normal operational conditions. Eighteen different turbine parameters are screened using an Elementary Effects approach with radial points. The results show a high sensitivity of the loads to the blade twist and lift coefficient distributions. To a lesser extent, other turbine parameters that drive loads include the maximum lift coefficient location, blade chord length, and drag coefficient distributions.},
doi = {10.2514/6.2019-0248},
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place = {United States},
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