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Wind Energy Laboratory



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WS 2017/18 - WS 2017/18

Fakultät V

HF 1

Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Technische Akustik

35311200 FG Experimentelle Strömungsmechanik

Nayeri, Christian

Breitenbach, Alexander Carolus

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
2347226 38970 Wind Energy Laboratory

Learning Outcomes

The aim of the module is the deepening and practical application of knowledge in the field of wind energy, which is based on the modules "Wind Energy - Fundamentals"("Windenergie-Grundlagen") and "Wind Energy - Project / Deepening"("Windenergie-Projekt/Vertiefung"). Participating students should learn independent organization of projects and group work, deepening in the area of wind energy and practical experience in dealing with wind power plants. After a successful attendance of the course, the students will have an in-depth knowledge of the field of small wind power plants. Depending on the selected elective course, the knowledge is either deepened in the field of software-based aeroelastic simulation of wind turbines or in the field of the generator, charging electronics and wind tunel measurements. The course includes practical, manual work in the workshops of the TU Berlin as well as self-organization in small groups and independent time management and working methods. The course is principally designed to impart: Technical skills 40%, methodological skills 20%, system skills 20%, social skills 20%


The modularly structured course consists of a compulsory course as well as two elective events, only one of which must be attended. Within the framework of the obligatory event "Construction of a small Wind Turbine", a fully functioning small wind turbine (2m diameter, 400W) is being constructed within the TU workshops. All relevant components, such as rotor blades, generator and charging electronics are manufactured by the students themselves. The elective event "Aeroelastic Simulation of Wind Turbines" is about the active transfer of application-oriented software knowledge. The simulation program "QBlade" is taught within a one-semester course. Through application examples, simulations and supervised programming tasks, the students are given competences in the independent handling of the software, and existing knowledge from previous lectures is deliberately deepened and expanded. In addition, the course prepares the participating students for assignments in the area of ​​wind energy research by dealing with scientific-oriented questions. The elective event "Measurement Techniques and Wind Tunnel testing" deals with the construction and measurement of wind turbine generators and their influence on the behavior of the wind turbine in the wind tunnel "GroWiKa" of the TU Berlin. Here, application-related electro-technical interrelations are mediated and the use of measurement technology as well as evaluation and data analysis are applied. Measurements are taken and small programming tasks are carried out.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Construction of a small Wind Turbine PR 3531 L 024 WS/SS English 2


1 from the following courses must be completed.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Aeroelastic Simulation of Wind Turbines IV 3531 L 025 WS English 4
Measurement Techniques and Wind Tunnel Testing IV 3531 L 026 SS English 4

Workload and Credit Points

Construction of a small Wind Turbine (PR):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Präsenzzeit 5.0 8.0h 40.0h
Vor-/Nachbereitung 5.0 4.0h 20.0h
60.0h(~2 LP)

Aeroelastic Simulation of Wind Turbines (IV):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Präsenz Zeit 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Vor-/Nachbereitung 15.0 6.0h 90.0h
120.0h(~4 LP)

Measurement Techniques and Wind Tunnel Testing (IV):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Präsenz Zeit 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Vor/Nachbereitung 15.0 6.0h 90.0h
120.0h(~4 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The module combines theory and practice in the context of regenerative energies. It includes the learning of research-oriented simulation software and measurement technology laboratory tests as well as practical workshops. The focus is on the project work in small groups, whereby the independent scientific work, small group presentations, preparation of project reports as well as the independent elaboration of scientific content beyond frontal teaching plays an important role.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

The course does not provide the basics of the wind energy and fluid dynamics but deepenes existing knowledge and builds upon it. Therefore the successful completion of the modules "Wind Energy - Basics"( "Windenergie - Grundlagen"), "Wind Energy - Project / Deepening"("Windenergie - Projekt/Vertiefung") and "Fluid Dynamics I + II"( "Strömungslehre I+II") are highly recommended but not a mandatory prerequisite. In addition, basic knowledge of measurement technology and experience with regard to self-reliant working methods in small groups are also helpful.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
Elective course - Project Report Discussion 10 oral 30 minutes
Compulsory course - Groupwork 20 practical 5 days
Compulsory course - Presentation 20 oral 20 minutes + handout
Elective course - Presentation 20 oral 20 minutes + handout
Elective course - Project Report 30 written 20-25 pages

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

"Portfolioprüfung" with 5 components as described.

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:
Winter- und Sommersemester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 25.

Registration Procedures

Registration for the module is done by e-mail before the start of the first lecture week. The e-mail address will be published on the homepage of the "chair of fluid dynamics" (FG "Experimentelle Strömungsmechanik"). If the number of applications exceeds the number of available participants, the participants will be selected by lottery (Los-Verfahren)

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

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Recommended literature
Gasch, Robert ; Twele, Jochen ; Gasch, Robert ; Twele, Jochen: Wind Power Plants : Fundamentals, Design, Construction and Operation. 2. Aufl.. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Science & Business Media, 2011.
Hau, Erich: Wind Turbines : Fundamentals, Technologies, Application, Economics. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Science & Business Media, 2013.
Piggott, Hugh: Wind Power Workshop: Building Your Own Wind Turbine. 2011 Centre for Alternative Technology
QBlade-Guidelines V.09,

Assigned Degree Programs

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Verwendungen (3)
Studiengänge: 2 Stupos: 2 Erstes Semester: WS 2017/18 Letztes Semester: WS 2017/18
Veranstaltung für Studierenden der Masterstudiengänge der Fachrichtungen Maschinenbau, Physikalische Ingenieurwissenschaften, Verfahrenstechnik sowie Regenerative Energiesysteme o.ä.


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