Accession Number:

ADD020085

Title:

Dynamically Reconfigurable Wind Turbine Blade Assembly

Descriptive Note:

Patent application, Filed 8 Oct 2002

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2002-10-08

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

A dynamically reconfigurable wind turbine blade assembly includes a plurality of reconfigurable blades mounted on a hub, an actuator fixed to each of the blades and adapted to effect the reconfiguration thereof, and an actuator power regulator for regulating electrical power supplied to the actuators. A control computer accepts signals indicative of current wind conditions and blade configuration and sends commands to the actuator power regulator. Sensors measure current wind conditions and current configurations and speed of the blades. An electrical generator supplies electrical power to the assembly. Data from the sensors is fed to the control computer which commands the actuator power regulator to energize the actuators to reconfigure the blades for optimum performance under current wind conditions. 9 figures

Subject Categories:

  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE