Effects of wind gusts on small wind turbines

Muhammad I. Rakib

A wind gust is a sudden and brief increase in the speed of wind. Gusts are generated in urban region when wind blows around buildings, trees or other obstacles. This type of gustiness is generally largest near tall buildings and alleyways and least over large water bodies. Small-scaled wind turbines are generally mounted in the urban area. Wind gusts, in some cases, are adequately strong to cause damage of blades and tower of the wind turbines. However, there is a lack of understanding about wind flows in urban environments. This project investigates the wind gusts and its effects on the power generation and structure of a small wind turbine.