Mass Optimization of HAWT Blades Using Composite Material and to Study its Aerodynamics Using CFD

Authors(3) :-Ankita C. Bagul, Arun M. Kulkarni, Amol S. Dayma

Wind energy is the fastest growing sector in market. The problem associated with the large scale implementation is the weight of the blades. The literature review shows that large amount of work has been done and going on, to reduce the weight of wind turbine blades. In this project work, objective is to reduce weight of a HAWT Blade using Fluid-structure interaction technique. HAWT of capacity 1.5MW was selected for analysis purpose. Blade design parameter was obtained from reliable sources and 3D modelling is done using Solidworks software. Parametric Blade model was designed to analyze it for different composite materials for optimized weight. Finite Element Analysis software ANSYS workbench 18.0 is used to study the effect of wind on blade and its feasibility for different materials. The results of FSI analysis shows that weight of HAWT blade is optimized without any damage to its performance. These reductions of weight of blade is useful to manufacture low altitude turbine, increasing its scope in renewable energy market.

Authors and Affiliations

Ankita C. Bagul
Mechanical Engineering, Mumbai University, SSJCET Asangaon, Maharashtra, India
Arun M. Kulkarni
Mechanical Engineering, Mumbai University, SSJCET Asangaon, Maharashtra, India
Amol S. Dayma
Mass Optimization of HAWT Blades Using Composite Material and to Study its Aerodynamics Using CFD

Wind Energy, Optimization, FSI Interaction, Blade design, CFD Analysis

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 4 | Issue 1 | January-February 2018
Date of Publication : 2018-02-28
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 924-929
Manuscript Number : IJSRSET11841239
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099

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Ankita C. Bagul, Arun M. Kulkarni, Amol S. Dayma, " Mass Optimization of HAWT Blades Using Composite Material and to Study its Aerodynamics Using CFD, International Journal of Scientific Research in Science, Engineering and Technology(IJSRSET), Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.924-929, January-February-2018.
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