Articles | Volume 1, issue 1
Wind Energ. Sci., 1, 71–88, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-1-71-2016
Wind Energ. Sci., 1, 71–88, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-1-71-2016
Research article
30 May 2016
Research article | 30 May 2016

Combined preliminary–detailed design of wind turbines

Pietro Bortolotti et al.

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The paper presents a new method to conduct the holistic optimization of a wind turbine. The proposed approach allows one to define the rotor radius and tower height, while simultaneously performing the detailed sizing of rotor and tower. For the rotor, the procedures perform simultaneously the design both from the aerodynamic and structural points of view. The overall optimization seeks a minimum for the cost of energy, while accounting for a wide range of user-defined design constraints.