Design of wind turbine passive smart blades

Alireza Maheri*, Askin T. Isikveren

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution

6 Citations (Scopus)


This paper demonstrates a wind turbine blade design tool, developed based on the concept of Variable-State Design Parameter. The design code can be utilised to convert ordinary blades of a constant speed horizontal axis wind turbine, with or without pitch control system into passive smart blades. The design objectives are to maximise the rotor power yield and to minimise the maximum blade loading. The design software gives the optimum rotor radius, chord and pre-twist distributions, along with a metric indicating the required level of elastic coupling in the smart blade.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition 2009, EWEC 2009
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventEuropean Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition 2009, EWEC 2009 - Marseille, France
Duration: 16 Mar 200919 Mar 2009


ConferenceEuropean Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition 2009, EWEC 2009


  • Adaptive blade
  • Decoupled design
  • Engineering software
  • Smart blade
  • Variable-state design parameter
  • Wind turbine design


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