A Comparison of Predicted Wind Turbine Blade Loads to Test Measurements

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A. D. Wright, R. W. Thresher

Solar Energy Research Institute, Wind Energy Research Center, Golden, Colo. 80401

J. Sol. Energy Eng 110(3), 180-186 (Aug 01, 1988) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268254 History: Received August 01, 1987; Revised February 01, 1988; Online November 11, 2009


The accurate prediction of wind turbine blade loads and response is important in predicting the fatigue life of wind machines. At the SERI Wind Energy Research Center, a rotor code called FLAP (Force and Loads Analysis Program) is currently being validated by comparing predicted results to machine measurements. The FLAP code has been modified to allow the teetering degree of freedom. This paper describes these modifications and comparisons of predicted blade bending moments to test measurements. Wind tunnel data for a 1/20th scale model will be used to compare FLAP predictions for the cyclic flap-bending moments at the 33 percent spanwise station for three different wind speeds. The comparisons will be made for both rigid and teetering hubs. Currently, the FLAP code accounts for deterministic excitations such as wind shear, tower shadow, gravity, and prescribed yawing motions. Conclusions will be made regarding the code’s accuracy in predicting the cyclic bending moments.

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