Design of a model floating wind turbine to measure the coupled response to wind and wave action and Investigation of the feasibility of wind turbine blade inspection by remote drones

  • Conor Gilmour

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

Design of a model floating wind turbine to measure the coupled response to wind and wave action: This project investigates how to better scale wind turbine rotors in order to build more representative scale models of offshore floating wind turbine systems. Previous experiments have designed models with the goal of maintaining the Froude number and mass distribution [1] [2].The blade chord Reynold's number drops by several orders of magnitude in such models, this is partially corrected by increasing the wind speed. However doing this increases the drag on the platform significantly and as such the model is limited in its usefulness. The aim of this project is to address the issue of the Reynolds number deficit by radically redesigning the rotor such that the coefficient of thrust of the rotor is representative of a full scale system. Investigation of the feasibility of wind turbine blade inspection by remote drones: The following report aims to investigate the possibility of using airborne drones for the remote inspection of Wind Turbine blades. In this project, a section of blade was made up using fibreglass and wood. Automated drones were own around it and pictures were taken. A virtual model of the blade was created using open-source software. In this one can observe various imperfections in the model. I believe this is a viable and useful technique but is most suitable for blades with quite serious damage. Newer blades have generally featureless surfaces making image stitching very difficult.
Date of Award1 Oct 2017
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University Of Strathclyde
SponsorsEPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
SupervisorScott Strachan (Supervisor) & Alasdair McDonald (Supervisor)

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