Introduction to Wind Turbine Technology I
Course Number: RET 101
Transcript Title: Intro to Wind Turbine Tech I
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Introduces basic concepts and terminology for how wind energy is captured and transformed into electrical power, including non-math mechanical physics, electricity and magnetism, fluid dynamics and aerodynamics. Covers an introduction to and experience in tower climb safety and rescue.
- Apply a basic knowledge of the physics and engineering of wind turbine technology as it relates to subsequent courses in the program.
- Use information sources to research wind power technology and its use for generating electricity on both small and large scale operations, including home use.
- Perform self rescue and partner rescue using the proper descent device, including full restraint and fall arrest systems.
- Use proper climbing techniques.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Class participation.
- A custom textbook will be created consisting of selected chapters and articles from journal, manual, textbook, and Web resources, copied with publishers’ permission.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Components that make up a wind tower:
- Towers (construction materials, height considerations, foundations).
- Types of propellers.
- Electrical generators.
- Shafts and bearings.
- Wind farm locations.
- Areas conducive to “harvesting” energy from the wind.
- Studies in Russia.
- Wind maps.
- Topographical considerations.
- How energy is transferred from wind to a propeller blade.
- Linear force, acceleration, velocity, momentum, and energy.
- Wind pressure.
- Angular velocity, momentum, acceleration, torque, and energy of rotation.
- Energy loss through friction.
- Comparison of energy output to hydro-electric, wave, bio-electric, and nuclear generators.