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Modeling Slope Discontinuity of Large Size Wind-Turbine Blade Using Absolute Nodal Coordinate Formulation

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Ahmed H. Bayoumy, Said M. Megahed

Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Ayman A. Nada

Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia

Paper No. DETC2012-70467, pp. 105-114; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 1st Biennial International Conference on Dynamics for Design; 14th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4505-9
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper describes the use of the Absolute Nodal Coordinate Formulation (ANCF) in modeling large-size wind turbine blades. An efficient procedure is developed for mapping NACA airfoil wind-turbine blades into ANCF thin plate models. The procedure concerns the wind turbine blade with non-uniform, twisted nature. As a result, the slope discontinuity problem arises and presents numerical errors in the dynamic simulation. This investigation illustrates a method for modeling slope discontinuity resulting from the variations of the cross sectional layouts across the blade. A method is developed and applied for the gradient-deficient thin plate element in order to account for structural discontinuity. The numerical results show a numerical convergence and satisfy the principle of work and energy in dynamics. The simulation results are compared with those obtained using ANSYS code with a good agreement.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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