I created a new simulation project called 'Wind Turbine Optimisation':
More of my public projects can be found here.
- Conceptual design
- Modelling in OnShape
- Meshing in SimScale
- CFD Analysis in SimScale
- Post Processing and Analysis Results
- Optimisation based on results
- Structural design
- Structural optimisation in ST Inspire
- Structural analysis
- Transient simulation of final design
I’ve been working on this project for a while and was originally a test for an aerofoil script I had written in OnShape. Designing the blade incorporate different aerofoil profiles into a single blade and used guides to loft between them. This wasn’t as easy as I had originally envisioned and decided it would be a shame to let the design stop there, I need to see if my calculations were valid after so much hard work.
My initial meshes failed and it took me a while to remember how to go about the setup, however with the help of Anna and a previous simulation from the drone workshop I was on my way. I hit a few hurdles with blade design (which is why the designs start with configuration 2) and so I thought it would be good to include a bit of an overview to modelling the design in OnShape.
I have written about the design and optimisation approach I took, It was a learning experience and I most definitely haven’t got it right first time. However it does show an approach I feel most students like myself would take and highlights why ‘the boring’ stage of initial research is so important before jumping in and making a design in CAD.
In this project I shall outline the mathematical models, simulations and data used to create the initial conceptual design, I will then explain how I created a 3D model from the concept in OnShape and then I will bring the design into SimScale to analyse it. Using this analysis, I hope to identify areas in which the design can be improved and iterate the design analysis workflow to produce an optimal blade design.
Once the aerodynamic optimisation is done, a further simulation will be done to generate data ready for a structural design and hopefully a bit of a contemporary optimisation using structural optimisation software ST Inspire (I think it’s a really cool idea).
As a lap of honour I will perform a transient analysis of the final aerodynamic shape and process the data to hopefully show some really cool results.