Fluid structure interaction modelling of horizontal-axis wind turbine blades based on CFD and FEA

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dc.contributor.author Wang, L.
dc.contributor.author Quant, R.
dc.contributor.author Kolios, Athanasios
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-18T13:51:45Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-18T13:51:45Z
dc.date.issued 2016-09-17
dc.identifier.citation Wang L, Quant R, Kolios A, Fluid structure interaction modelling of horizontal-axis wind turbine blades based on CFD and FEA, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Volume 158, November 2016, Pages 11–25 en_UK
dc.identifier.isbn http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2016.09.006
dc.identifier.issn 0167-6105
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2016.09.006
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/10773
dc.description.abstract The increasing size and flexibility of large wind turbine blades introduces considerable aeroelastic effects, which are caused by FSI (fluid structure interaction). These effects might result in aeroelastic instability problems, such as edgewise instability and flutter, which can be devastating to the blades and the wind turbine. Therefore, accurate FSI modelling of wind turbine blades is crucial in the development of large wind turbines. In this study, an FSI model for wind turbine blades at full scale is established. The aerodynamic loads are calculated using a CFD (computational fluid dynamics) model implemented in ANSYS FLUENT, and the blade structural responses are determined using a FEA (finite element analysis) model implemented in ANSYS Static Structural module. The interface of CFD and FEA is based on a one-way coupling, in which aerodynamic loads calculated from CFD modelling are mapped to FEA modelling as load boundary conditions. Validated by a series of benchmark computational tests, the one-way FSI model was applied to the modelling of WindPACT 1.5 MW wind turbine blade, a representative large-scale horizontal-axis wind turbine blade. Five operational conditions are assessed, with the worst case found to be near the rated wind speed. Maximum tensile/compressive stresses and tip deflections in each case are found to be within material and structural limits, according to relevant design standards. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Elsevier en_UK
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Wind turbine blade en_UK
dc.subject Aeroelasticity en_UK
dc.subject FSI (fluid structure interaction) en_UK
dc.subject CFD (computational fluid dynamics) en_UK
dc.subject WindPACT en_UK
dc.title Fluid structure interaction modelling of horizontal-axis wind turbine blades based on CFD and FEA en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK


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