Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 231–241, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-3-231-2018
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 231–241, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-3-231-2018

Research article 04 May 2018

Research article | 04 May 2018

Aero-elastic wind turbine design with active flaps for AEP maximization

Michael K. McWilliam et al.

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Maximizing wind energy production is challenging because the winds are always changing. Design optimization was used to explore how flaps can give rotor design engineers greater ability to adapt the rotor for different conditions. For rotors designed for peak efficiency (i.e. older designs) the flap adds 0.5 % improvement in energy production. However, for modern designs that optimize both the performance and the structure, the flap can provide a 1 % improvement.