Rotor Design track

The Rotor Design track allows students master the specific technical knowledge required in one or more of the sub-fields of Wind Turbine Rotor R&D.

The Rotor Design graduate

  • masters an in-depth understanding of the field of rotor aerodynamics, aero-elasticity and blade technology, both theoretical and experimental, alongside with relevant engineering methods and applications and a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the subject,
  • is able to apply and judge advanced analysis and design techniques in one elective profile: Aerodynamics, Structures and Design, Composite Design Material Production and Manufacturing.

Aerodynamics graduates

  • have thorough fundaments in aerodynamics, rotor aerodynamics, unsteady flows and both active and passive flow control, applied wind turbine aerodynamics and aero-acoustics, wind farm wakes, state-of-the-art experimental and numerical techniques and their R&D,
  • master the analysis and design of aerodynamic systems.

Structures and Composites

  • are knowledgeable of fundamental structural mechanics and mechanics of metallic, composite, and hybrid material systems
  • are skilful developers of analytical and numerical tools, from fast to high-fidelity solutions,
  • are trained to practice and improve multi-disciplinary design, analysis and optimization.
  • master the analysis, design and manufacturability of advanced composite products with special attention to aspects relevant for wind turbines such as fatigue and sustainable production,
  • demonstrate competences in the field of conceptual design, manufacturing techniques and selection of advanced composite materials.

List of Courses

The student workload is 30 ECTS credits per semester. At DTU it is not possible to obtain more than 30 ECTS per semester (or 60 ECTS in total for Rotor Design students during the study programme). At TU Delft you have the possibility to obtain more than 30 ECTS per semester.

Specialization Aerodynamics

1st Semester – 30 ECTS courses @DTU

Mandatory ECTS
41319 Computational Fluid Dynamics 10
46300 Wind Turbine Technology and Aerodynamics 10
41129 Turbulence Theory 5
Electives
46400 Wind Turbine Measurement Techniques 10
41526 Fracture Mechanics 5
46200 Planning and Development of Wind Farms 5
46100 Introduction to Micro Meteorology for Wind Energy 5

 

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

Mandatory ECTS
AE4010 Research Methodologies 2
AE4ASM509 Design and Manufacturing of Wind Turbine Rotor Blades 3
AE4ASM506 Aeroelasticity 3
AE4W21-14 Wind Turbine Aeroelasticity 2
AE4180 Flow Measurement Techniques 3
AE4W12 Rotor Aerodynamics 3
AE4W13 Site Conditions for Wind Turbine Design 3
AE4W09 Wind Turbine Design 5
WM0324LR Ethics 3
Electives
AE4130 Aircraft Aerodynamics 3
AE5055 Professional Training 6
WM1115TU Elementary Course Dutch for Foreigners 3

 

 

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

Mandatory ECTS
46320 Loads, Aerodynamics and Control 10
Special Course Preparation Master Thesis* 15
Electives
46400 Wind Turbine Measurement Techniques 10
41526 Fracture Mechanics 5
46200 Planning and Development of Wind Farms 5
46100 Introduction to Micro Meteorology for Wind Energy 5

 

4th Semester – 30 ECTS thesis (free mobility)**

Compulsory DTU
Master Thesis 30
Compulsory TU Delft
AE5912 Master Thesis 45
**Note that thesis work at DTU is split in two parts: 15 EC  ‘special course’ (exploration of subject, literature study) + 30 EC thesis (analysis and reporting) = 45 EC in total. TU Delft counts thesis work in its whole for 45 ECTS.  

 

Specialization 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
46400 Wind Turbine Measurement Techniques 10
41526 Fracture Mechanics 5
46100 Introduction to Micro Meteorology for Wind Energy 5
46200 Planning and Design of Wind Farms 5

 

2nd Semester – 30 ECTS courses @TU Delft

Mandatory ECTS
AE4010 Research Methodologies 2
AE4ASM509 Design and Manufacturing of Wind Turbine Rotor Blades 3
AE4W21-14 Wind Turbine Aeroelasticity 2
AE4ASM106 Stability & Analysis of Structures I 3
AE4ASM109 Design & Analysis of Composite Structures I 5
AE4ASM105 Composite Trinity Exercise 4
AE4W09 Wind Turbine Design 5
WM0324LR Ethics 3
Electives
AE4130 Aircraft Aerodynamics 3
AE4ASM510 Design & Analysis of Composite Structures II 3
AE4ASM511 Stability & Analysis of Structures I 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 ECTS
46320 Loads, Aerodynamics and Control 10
Special Course Preparation Master Thesis* 15
Electives
46400 Wind Turbine Measurement Techniques 10
41526 Fracture Mechanics 5
46200 Planning and Development of Wind Farms 5
46100 Introduction to Micro Meteorology for Wind Energy 5

 

4th Semester – 30 ECTS thesis (free mobility)**

Compulsory DTU
Master Thesis 30
Compulsory TU Delft
AE5912 Master Thesis 45
**Note that thesis work at DTU is split in two parts: 15 EC  ‘special course’ (exploration of subject, literature study) + 30 EC thesis (analysis and reporting) = 45 EC in total. TU Delft counts thesis work in its whole for 45 ECTS.