AE/ME 8XXX   Wind Engineering (3-0-3)

Instructor: Lakshmi N. Sankar

lsankar@ae.gatech.edu

 Course Objectives: This introductory course will allow students to learn about wind energy and its potential, modeling and design horizontal axis wind turbines, and analysis of the economic benefits of wind turbine systems.

Grade is based on three term mini projects, one final project report, and an oral presentation.

  1. Overview of Wind Engineering (6 hours) Lecture Modules: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
  1. Actuator disk model of horizontal axis wind turbines (3 hours) Lecture Module 2
  1. Review of airfoil aerodynamics (9 hours) Lecture Modules: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
  1. Blade element theory (9 hours) Lecture Modules 4.1 and 4.2
  1. Horizontal axis wind turbine design using blade element theory (6 hours) Lecture Modules 5.1 and 5.2

         Conversion of mechanical energy into electricity (3 hours)

         Basic AC Power Generators

         Hybrid Power Systems

         Hybrid System Modeling and Simulation    Homer

  1. Economic analysis of wind turbine systems (3 hours) Lecture Modules 6.1 and 6.2    
  1. Impact of wind turbines on the environment (3 hours) Lecture Modules 7.1, 7.2 , 7.3
  1. Presentations by students (3 hours)