291 Pages 102 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    291 Pages 102 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Highlighting the capabilities, limitations, and benefits of wind power, Wind Turbine Technology gives you a complete introduction and overview of wind turbine technology and wind farm design and development. It identifies the critical components of a wind turbine, describes the functional capabilities of each component, and examines the latest performance parameters and procurement specifications for these components.

    From cutting-edge design aspects to experimental data, this comprehensive reference contains eight chapters—each dedicated to a specific design aspect of wind turbine technology. It examines potential wind turbine installation configurations, along with the structural requirements for the tower and nacelle. The book also:

    • Presents site wind speed prediction techniques
    • Addresses the integration of wind farms into the electrical power system, including power quality and system stability
    • Describes wind speed frequency distribution and the structure of turbulence
    • Details design and analysis techniques, as well as the functions of wind turbine controllers

    The book uses a conventional nomenclature and consistent sets of symbols and units throughout to present the information in a manner that’s easy to understand. It also explains how to compare electrical energy generation costs from wind turbine installation with those of other renewable energy sources.

    Chronological History of Wind Turbine Technology
    Major Benefits and Problems Associated with Alternate Energy Sources
    Benefits and Disadvantages of Wind Turbine Technology
    Worldwide Utilization of Wind Turbines
    Operating Principles of Wind Turbines
    Wind Turbine Classifications
    Wind Farm Developers
    Design Configurations
    Next Generation Wind Turbines with Unique Features
    Typical Wind Power Estimates for United States

    Design Aspects and Performance Requirements
    Types of Wind Turbines
    Modern Wind Turbines
    Off-Design Performance
    Techniques for Capturing Large Amounts of Wind Energy
    Annual Energy Acquisition from Specified Wind Turbine Site
    Estimating Annual Hours of Capturing Wind Energy

    Design Aspects and Performance Capabilities of Wind Turbine Rotors
    One-Dimensional Theory for Ideal Rotor
    Two-Dimensional Aerodynamic Model
    Three-Dimensional Aerodynamic Model for Wing of Finite Length
    Rotor Design Requirements for Wind Farm Applications
    Hydrodynamic Analysis of Flow over Rotor

    Wind Turbine Blade Design Requirements
    Analysis of Performance of Propeller Blades
    Blade Performance
    Application of Beam Theory to Various Turbine Blade Configurations
    Material Requirements for Blades
    Critical Features of Blade Section

    Sensors and Control Devices Required for Dynamic Stability and Improved Performance under Variable Wind Environments
    Regulation Control Systems
    Sensors for Monitoring Wind Parameters
    Transmission Systems
    Electrical Generators
    Performance Capabilities and Limitations of Synchronous Generators
    Critical Rotor Performance Parameters
    Impacts of Airfoil Characteristics on Blade and Turbine Performance
    Automatic Shut-Down Capability
    Critical Design Aspects of HAWT and VAWT Rotors
    Low Harmonic Content Electrical Generators for Improving Efficiency
    Impacts of Loadings on Structural Integrity of Wind Turbine

    Stand-Alone Wind Turbine Systems
    Historical Background: Use at Remote Sites
    Configurations of Stand-Alone Systems
    Stand-Alone Systems for Remote Sites
    Sizing of System Components
    Stand-Alone Systems with Utility Power Back-Up
    Stand-Alone Wind TurbineBased Systems for Various Applications
    Hybrid Systems for Village Electrification
    Multitasking Wind Turbines

    Wind Energy Conversion Techniques in Built Environments
    Concentrator Configuration Requirements
    Energy Design Buildings
    Local Wind Characteristics in Built Environments
    Impact of Built Environment on BAWT Performance

    Environmental Issues and Economic Factors Affecting Wind Turbine Installation
    Environmental Factors and Other Critical Issues
    Problems Arising from Large Windstream Diameters
    Estimating Critical Performance Parameters Using Classical BEM Theory
    Justification of Wind Turbine Installation Based on Economics
    Estimated Costs of Critical Components and Subsystems
    Wind Turbine Towers


    Each chapter begins with an Introduction and concludes with a Summary and References.


    Dr. A.R. Jha is a Senior Consulting Scientist.

    The book is well organized and emphasizes both theoretical and practical aspects of wind machines. Mathematical equations are provided for important turbine design parameters. I strongly recommend this book to a broad audience including students, design engineers, research scientists, project managers, environmental scientists, and renewal energy source planners. ... Dr. A. R. Jha, presents a comprehensive guide to wind turbine technology and the technical considerations for designing wind turbines for various applications.
    —Shobha Singh, PhD, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories(Retired), and Fellow and Laboratory Director of the Polaroid Corporation (Retired)