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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

Course Description

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.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Apply a basic knowledge of the physics and engineering of wind turbine technology as it relates to subsequent courses in the program.
  2. Use information sources to research wind power technology and its use for generating electricity on both small and large scale operations, including home use.
  3. Perform self rescue and partner rescue using the proper descent device, including full restraint and fall arrest systems.
  4. 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.
    • America
    • Europe
    • Australia
    • Asia
      • China.
      • 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.