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Design Innovation Paper

An Anthropomorphic Wind Turbine Blade

[+] Author and Article Information
Mogeeb A. El-Sheikh

Department of Production and Mechanical Design,
Faculty of Engineering,
Port Said University,
Port Said 42526, Egypt
e-mail: Mogeeb500yom@gmail.com

Contributed by the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Energy Resources Technology. Manuscript received March 27, 2018; final manuscript received April 30, 2019; published online May 28, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Christopher Niezrecki.

J. Energy Resour. Technol 141(11), 115001 (May 28, 2019) (6 pages) Paper No: JERT-18-1234; doi: 10.1115/1.4043696 History: Received March 27, 2018; Accepted May 02, 2019

This study presents a new wind turbine blade design for overcoming the restrictions of large-scale wind turbines deployment. The road design, terrain nature, and logistic capabilities represent the main barriers to maneuver blades during a journey to a windy site. The natural finger and the Fibonacci sequence inspired the author to design a new blade that distinguishes with the ability to fold. This study focuses on the aerodynamic design of a 1.5-MW conventional blade and modifies its skin and spar to carry out the aim. The ability to fold enables the blade to maneuver and avoid terrain-road restrictions. The augmented maneuverability of this concept simplifies a route scenario and reduces transportation cost. This study simulates the added attribute and investigates the design modifications effect by using the finite element method.

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The anthropomorphic 1.5-MW wind turbine blade

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The interior view of the designed blade and the flexure hinge design

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Fig. 3

The various shapes of the 1.5-MW wind turbine blade through folding

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Finite element simulation of the flexure hinges of the blade: (a) the elements distribution, (b) the stresses at the edge of the flexure hinge, (c) the deflection of the flexure hinge, and (d) the maximum folding of the flexure hinge

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The turning circles of the maneuverability of the conventional and the anthropomorphic blades

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