Recent developments in harnessing wind energy propose new, radically different designs to alleviate some of the difficulties associated with conventional wind turbines. New designs however require testing for a variety of reasons ranging from gaining confidence in the analytical models used in the design and development through to satisfaction of certification requirements. Medium-scale prototype testing of large-scale concepts, where parameters such as the response of the structure and the loading conditions are often highly uncertain demand special consideration. This article presents the design of a special test rig and calculation methodology for the experimental determination of the overturning moment and net force generated by the NOVA Vertical Axis Wind Turbine using a field experimental setup. The design of the experimental model involves dealing with modelling uncertainties as loads in operation and therefore the response of the structure are largely unknown before testing has been carried out. The variability in the wind speed and direction also need to be accommodated for.
- experiment under uncertainty
- nova wind turbine
- overturning moment and force determination
- vertical axis wind turbine
- wind turbine