Development and Design of Intelligent Rotor Blades
In Order to support the wind energy sector, the energy generation costs must be reduced and innovative concepts must be introduced into industry. Corrective measures therefore are technologies, which allows rotor blades to set itself automatically depending on the local wind situation.
Two different concepts are investigated within the Smart Blades project: Passive Smart Blades shall be designed to bend and twist under aerodynamic loads and modify the angle of attack to counteract load changes. Active Smart Blades achieve the same effect through deformable parts or adjustable flaps on the leading or trailing edge.
The central goal of the project is to prove the feasibility and efficiency of Smart Blades – Methods. In order to achieve the project goals, the expertise of the three partners German Aerospace Center (DLR), ForWind - the Center for Wind Energy Research of the Universities of Oldenburg, Hannover and Bremen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES are combined.