Aeroelastic measurements, simulations, and fatigue predictions for small wind turbines operating in highly turbulent flow

Dr Samuel Evans, 2017

Aeroelastic modelling is widely used in the design verification and performance assessment of large commercial-scale wind turbines. It has seen comparatively little use in the small wind turbine field. This project focused on the development and experimental validation of an aeroelastic model of a small 5 kW turbine within FAST. Blade fatigue life predictions are made based on experimental load measurements and simulations in turbulent wind environments. Results are expected to facilitate the development of efficient, cost effective, and structural sound blades.