Optimization of Small Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbines for Use in Developing Countries Using an Evolutionary Algorithm
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The purpose of this research is to optimize the design of small scale horizontal-axis wind turbines for use in developing countries by utilizing an evolutionary algorithm. This project differs from previous work in that it seeks to optimize the turbine design more holistically by including a more in-depth blade design, the number of blades, and the alternator in the optimization. The blade element momentum theory and the necessary electrical and mechanical models will be used to determine the performance of the designs within the algorithm. The expected results of this research are to generate wind turbine designs that are better suited to the power usage and weather patterns in developing countries.
Leege, Brian J., "Optimization of Small Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbines for Use in Developing Countries Using an Evolutionary Algorithm" (2014). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 383.