MAE 4020

MAE 4020

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017.

Main features of energy conversion by wind turbines. Emphasis on characterization of the atmospheric boundary layer, aerodynamics of horizontal axis wind turbines, and performance prediction. Structural effects, power train considerations, siting, and wind farm planning.

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisites: MAE 3230 or equivalent or MAE 3050, MAE 3250.

Course Attribute (CU-SBY)
Satisfies Requirement Satisfies Senior Design requirement if enrolled in MAE 4021.

Outcomes
  • Students will understand the need for carbon-free energy production and the functions of wind turbines.
  • Analyze the aerodynamics of wind turbine blades.
  • Predict efficiency of energy extraction.
  • Understand how wind fields are characterized.
  • Be able to estimate blade loading and mechanical response.
  • Understand the basics of electrical generators and mechanical to electrical energy conversion.
  • Understand the factors in choice of sites for turbines and wind farms.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: MAE 4021MAE 5020

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 11232MAE 4020  LEC 001

  • To fulfill MechE senior design requirement, enroll in MAE 4021.