This study presents a new wind turbine blade design for overcoming the restrictions of large-scale wind turbines deployment. The road design, terrain nature, and logistic capabilities represent the main barriers to maneuver blades during a journey to a windy site. The natural finger and the Fibonacci sequence inspired the author to design a new blade that distinguishes with the ability to fold. This study focuses on the aerodynamic design of a 1.5-MW conventional blade and modifies its skin and spar to carry out the aim. The ability to fold enables the blade to maneuver and avoid terrain-road restrictions. The augmented maneuverability of this concept simplifies a route scenario and reduces transportation cost. This study simulates the added attribute and investigates the design modifications effect by using the finite element method.
An Anthropomorphic Wind Turbine Blade
Contributed by the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Energy Resources Technology. Manuscript received March 27, 2018; final manuscript received April 30, 2019; published online May 28, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Christopher Niezrecki.
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El-Sheikh, M. A. (May 28, 2019). "An Anthropomorphic Wind Turbine Blade." ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. November 2019; 141(11): 115001. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4043696
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