Development of a framework for wind turbine design and optimization

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Dimensioning and assessment of a specific wind turbine imply iterative steps for design optimization, as well as load calculations and performance analyses of the system in various environmental conditions. However, due to the complexity of wind turbine systems, fully coupled aero-hydro-servo-elastic codes are indispensable to represent and simulate the non-linear system behavior. To cope with the large number of simulations to be performed during the design process of a wind turbine system, automation of simulation executions and optimization procedures are required. In this paper, such a holistic simulation and optimization framework is presented, by which means iterative simulations within the wind turbine design assessment and development processes can be managed and executed in an automated and high-performance manner. The focus lies on the application to design load case simulations, as well as the realization of automated optimizations. The proper functioning and the high flexibility of the framework tool is shown based on three exemplary optimization tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-128
Number of pages24
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2021


  • wind turbines
  • design optimization
  • automation
  • Modelica®
  • MoWiT
  • python


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