Mechanical & Materials Engineering


MECH481 : Wind Energy



Dr. D.E. RivalRoom 208A, McLaughlin Halld.e.rival@queensu.ca(613) 533-6000 ext 74767

Course Description

An introductory course on wind-turbine operation and aerodynamics. Topics include: the Betz limit; the Blade Element Momentum method; characteristics of the atmospheric boundary layer; unsteady aerodynamic theory; gusts and blade aeroelasticity; blade noise and health effects; and wind-park siting and planning. Extension of some of these topics to small wind turbines, run-of-the-river water turbines and off-grid systems will also be presented.

Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners should be able to:

1. Solve problems involving the aerodynamic and structural performance of windturbine blades
2. Determine the technical, economic, environmental and societal compromises necessary towards specific wind-turbine designs and their siting
3. Conduct blade design optimization using a custom Matlab code and subsequently perform validation of these designs with related laboratory experiments
4. Identify challenges and potential solutions to both technical and non-technical hurdles for wind-turbine integration
5. Apply qualitative and quantitative reasoning to convincingly support specific windturbine designs

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities

3 lecture hours + 1 tutorial hour per week. Please refer to SOLUS for times and locations.