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Unit information: Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power in 2016/17

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Unit name Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power
Unit code AENGM3102
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Harper
Open unit status Not open

This unit is available without pre-requisites to all Faculty of Engineering undergraduate students studying for a Masters-level qualification (course restrictions permitting).



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This module provides students with an advanced knowledge of wind and tidal power systems integration, which includes insight into individual components. Considerable emphasis is placed upon design and architecture, together with the influence of policy, regulation and whole-life cost on optimised solutions. Current wave power technologies and their future potential will also be covered. A key aspect of the course is the high level of expert industrial input which will allow students to gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art design tools. A series of practical examples in conjunction with well-documented case studies will complement the presented material. The coursework will include an in-depth group project using the GH Bladed software to design wind turbines.

The aims of this unit are:

To develop an advanced understanding of the design of wind and tidal energy systems.

To engage with the environmental, social and economic issues surrounding the design and development of wind and tidal energy farms.

To gain experience of using industry-standard methods and tools to aid the design of wind turbine devices

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit the student should be able to:

  • Explain how wind and tidal resources are assessed and used for site selection, and how the factors influencing wind and tidal turbine performance are characterised;
  • Explain the main design options for wind and tidal stream energy devices and the factors influencing an optimised solution;
  • Explain the loads acting on wind and tidal stream energy devices and describe their impact on structural/foundation design, manufacture, installation and maintenance requirements;
  • Describe the aerodynamic/hydrodynamic and structural design processes for wind and tidal turbine rotor blades;
  • Apply some of the current methods/tools used within industry to analyse wind and tidal turbine performance;
  • Describe electrical system architectures and the main considerations necessary for the effective integration of electrical components in wind/tidal power generation systems;
  • Describe the environmental and social impacts of wind and tidal energy farms;
  • Conduct an economic assessment of a wind/tidal energy farm;
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team in developing a wind/tidal energy farm design proposal.

Teaching Information

Lectures plus 2 computer lab classes

Assessment Information

100% Coursework (50% group report, 50% individual report)

Reading and References

As advised by unit director