- Conference date: April 1985
- Location: Washington, DC, USA
Current methods for the dynamic analysis of horizontal axis wind turbines are explored. The paper first introduces the reader to typical wind turbine configurations and provides background on the current status of the wind industry. Blade element aerodynamic analysis is covered first, with insight into the current status of aerodynamic analysis methods. Next, the importance of resonant vibration analysis is discussed. Forced dynamic analysis is the final analysis area to be addressed. The dynamic analysis computer code FLAP (Force and Loads Analysis Program) is discussed in some detail to give the reader a clear idea of the level and complexity of blade dynamics. Current areas of research and advanced wind turbine designs are the final subjects considered. These are intended to give the reader some idea of how the technology will progress during the next five to ten years. In closing, the reason that lead researchers to believe that wind technology can be significantly improved through a better knowledge of their dynamic behavior are discussed.
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