Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Carriveau, Rupp (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Keywords

Alternative energy.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The recent rapid development in wind turbine technology and renewable energy policies around the world has led to an influx in large industrial scale wind farms. As both the size and number of turbines in a power plant increase the interactions between these machines is increasingly prioritized for the purpose of optimization. This work includes three publications discussing the group dynamics of wind turbines based on current literature as well as interactions with a Southern Ontario wind farm. A progression is made from the necessity of considering wind farm dynamic effects to the specific area of wind turbine wake as a beneficial topic of study for optimization. The first publication consists of a literature review of the primary topics relating to wind farm dynamics and is followed by a publication describing a specific focus on the yaw behaviour of turbines within a group. The final included publication details a global sensitivity analysis performed to establish areas for optimization.

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