This paper presents a method for optimizing blade designs in smart rotors; the objective is to maximize power regardless of wind conditions. An extensive analysis of what is known as “smart blades,” from aeronautical solutions and helicopter rotors is provided. Moreover, trends in computational and experimental research are analyzed, an assessment and categorization of the options available for aerodynamic control surfaces are made. The study and analysis of its main components such as sensors, mechanisms of actuation, and materials are included. Advance research in this technology is presented as a potential solution for more efficient blade designs, and methods for reducing aerodynamic loads are discussed.
Optimizing Wind Turbine Efficiency by Deformable Structures in Smart Blades
Contributed by the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received December 17, 2014; final manuscript received April 17, 2015; published online May 11, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Ryo Amano.
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Alejandro Franco, J., Carlos Jauregui, J., and Toledano-Ayala, M. (September 1, 2015). "Optimizing Wind Turbine Efficiency by Deformable Structures in Smart Blades." ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. September 2015; 137(5): 051206. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4030445
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