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 JPEE  Vol.3 No.7 , July 2015
Development of a Fast Fluid-Structure Coupling Technique for Wind Turbine Computations
Abstract: Fluid-structure interaction simulations are routinely used in the wind energy industry to evaluate the aerodynamic and structural dynamic performance of wind turbines. Most aero-elastic codes in modern times implement a blade element momentum technique to model the rotor aerodynamics and a modal, multi-body, or finite-element approach to model the turbine structural dynamics. The present paper describes a novel fluid-structure coupling technique which combines a three- dimensional viscous-inviscid solver for horizontal-axis wind-turbine aerodynamics, called MIRAS, and the structural dynamics model used in the aero-elastic code FLEX5. The new code, MIRAS- FLEX, in general shows good agreement with the standard aero-elastic codes FLEX5 and FAST for various test cases. The structural model in MIRAS-FLEX acts to reduce the aerodynamic load computed by MIRAS, particularly near the tip and at high wind speeds. 
Cite this paper: Sessarego, M. , Ramos-García, N. and Shen, W. (2015) Development of a Fast Fluid-Structure Coupling Technique for Wind Turbine Computations. Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 3, 1-6. doi: 10.4236/jpee.2015.37001.
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