Rotor Design track

The Rotor Design track provides the students with the technical knowledge necessary to work in the research and development (R&D) of Wind Turbine Rotors.

Profile of the Rotor Design graduate

  • Mastery of rotor aerodynamics, aeroelasticity and blade technology from a theoretical as well as experimental perspective and of relevant engineering methodologies and applications
  • Awareness of current developments in the field of wind turbine rotors design and of the related issues
  • Ability to apply and judge advanced analysis and design techniques t to the chosen elective profile (Aerodynamics, Structures and Design, Composite Design Material Production and Manufacturing)

Aerodynamics graduate

  • Sound knowledge of fundamental aerodynamics, rotor aerodynamics, unsteady flows, active and passive flow control, applied wind turbine aerodynamics and aeroacoustics, wind farm wakes, as well as of the state-of-the-art experimental and numerical techniques
  • Mastery of analysis and design of aerodynamic systems

Structures and Composites graduate

  • Knowledge of fundamental structure mechanics and mechanics of metallic, composite, and hybrid material systems
  • Ability to develop analytical and numerical tools from fast to high-fidelity solutions
  • Experience in applying and improving multidisciplinary design, analysis and optimization
  • Mastery of analysis and design knowledge of the manufacturability of advanced composite products, with special attention to the aspects relevant to wind turbines (e.g. fatigue and sustainable production)
  • Competences in the field of conceptual design, manufacturing techniques and selection of advanced composite materials

List of Courses

The Rotor Design student is required to accomplish a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester by taking mandatory as well as elective courses (DTU does not allow for obtaining more than 30 ECTS per semester). Students need to get the approval of their complete course list by the track coordinators of both universities awarding the degree. An overview of the courses offered within the Wind Physics track is provided below.

Note: the listed electives courses only represent a recommendation. Students are always invited to check the elective courses available at their universities and ask for permission to join any elective of their choice.

Specialisation Aerodynamics

1st Semester – 30 ECTS courses @DTU

Click here to find information about the courses at DTU.

Mandatory ECTS
41319 Computational Fluid Dynamics 10
46300 Wind Turbine Technology and Aerodynamics 10
41129 Turbulence Theory 5
Electives
41526 Fracture Mechanics 5
46200 Planning and Development of Wind Farms 5

 

2nd Semester – 30 ECTS courses, incl. possible professional training @TU Delft

The 2nd semester at the TU Delft is divided in two quarters. Click here to find information about the courses at the TU Delft.

Mandatory ECTS
AE4ASM506 Aeroelasticity 3
AE4W21-14 Wind Turbine Aeroelasticity 2
AE4180 Flow Measurement Techniques 3
AE4135 Rotor Aerodynamics 4
AE4W13 Site Conditions for Wind Turbine Design 3
AE4W09 Wind Turbine Design 5
WM0324LR Ethics 3
Electives
AE5055 Professional Training 6
WM1115TU Elementary Course Dutch for Foreigners 3
AE4117 Fluid-Structure Interaction 4

 

 

3rd Semester – 15 ECTS courses + 15 ECTS thesis preparation @DTU

Mandatory ECTS
AE4010 Research Methodologies (TU Delft) 2
One of the two following courses:
46320 Loads, Aerodynamics and Control 10
46400 Wind Turbine Measurement Techniques 10
Electives
41526 Fracture Mechanics 5
46200 Planning and Development of Wind Farms 5

 

4th Semester – 45 ECTS thesis (free mobility)**

Compulsory DTU
Master Thesis 45
Compulsory TU Delft
AE5912 Master Thesis 45
** The master thesis is supervised by the two degree awarding universities

 

Specialisation Structures and Composites

1st Semester – 30 ECTS courses @DTU

Mandatory ECTS
46420 Composite Materials and Fibres 5
46300 Wind Turbine Technology and Aerodynamics 10
41525 FEM-Heavy (Programming the Finite Element Method) 10
Electives
41526 Fracture Mechanics 5
46100 Introduction to Micro Meteorology for Wind Energy 5
46200 Planning and Development of Wind Farms 5

 

2nd Semester – 30 ECTS courses @TU Delft

Mandatory ECTS
AE4010 Research Methodologies 2
AE4ASM506 Aeroelasticity 3
AE4W21-14 Wind Turbine Aeroelasticity 2
AE4ASM505 Non-linear modeling (using FEM) 3
AE4ASM109 Design & Analysis of Composite Structures I 5
AE4ASM105 Composite Trinity Exercise 4
AE4W09 Wind Turbine Design 5
WM0324LR Ethics 3
Electives
AE4ASM510 Design & Analysis of Composite Structures II 3
AE4ASM511 Stability & Analysis of Structures II 3
AE5055 Professional Training 6
AE4117 Fluid-Structure Interaction 4
WM1115TU Elementary Course Dutch for Foreigners 3

 

3rd Semester – 15 ECTS courses + 15 ECTS thesis preparation @DTU

Mandatory One of the two following courses: ECTS
46320 Loads, Aerodynamics and Control 10
46400 Wind Turbine Measurement Techniques 10
Electives
41526 Fracture Mechanics 5
46200 Planning and Development of Wind Farms 5
46100 Introduction to Micro Meteorology for Wind Energy 5

 

4th Semester – 45 ECTS thesis (free mobility)**

Compulsory DTU
Master Thesis 45
Compulsory TU Delft
AE5912 Master Thesis 45
** The master thesis is supervised by the two degree awarding universities