1st Edition

Wind Turbine Technology

ISBN 9781138115330
Published May 22, 2017 by CRC Press
291 Pages 102 B/W Illustrations

USD $89.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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.

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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)