Certificates of Advanced Studies

Computational Wind Energy Systems


Studying the certificate 'Computational Wind Energy Systems' requires the successful completion of the certificate 'Scientifically Oriented Fundamentals of Wind Energy Systems'. It provides a profound knowledge of computational methods used for the static and dynamic analysis of wind energy converters and the surrounding wind and water flows on an expert level. The goal of the certificate is not only to enable engineers to apply existing commercial software packages of structural and fluid mechanics in a sophisticated manner as basis for reliable prognoses of the mechanical behavior of wind turbines, but also to improve the quality of numerical methods and to develop more realistic models of wind energy systems. These aspects are fundamental ingredients for the engineering optimization of state-of-the-art wind turbines and their future innovative designs with a higher energy eciency, life time, degree of capacity utilization and robustness with regard to extreme load cases.


The participants of the certificate program will learn about classical, current and future numerical methods for the solution of advanced mechanical models of wind turbines and the surrounding fluid flow. They will know the advantages and disadvantages of models and numerical methods and they will recognize which combinations of models and numerical methods can be efficiently and trustworthily applied for special kinds of structural and fluid analyses. Furthermore, the students will be familiar with the limitations of the models and numerical methods and they will overcome these limitations by writing their own partial programs for special tasks in their professional career. Based on their capability to perform realistic simulations of structural and fluid flow behavior, they will be engineers in charge of the development and design of current wind energy converters, the structural safety, new developments of detailed aspects and general novel designs of wind turbines.