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PhD defence by Marie Cecilie Pedersen on Modelling Icing on Structures for Wind Power Applications

Time

04.09.2018 kl. 13.00 - 16.00

Description

Marie Cecilie Pedersen, Department of Energy Technology, will defend the thesis "Modelling Icing on Structures for Wind Power Applications".

TITLE

Modelling Icing on Structures for Wind Power Applications

PHD DEFENDANT

Marie Cecilie Pedersen

SUPERVISOR

Associate Professor Henrik Sørensen

MODERATOR

Associate Professor Mads Pagh Nielsen

OPPONENTS

Professor Søren Knudsen Kær, Dept. of Energy Technology, Aalborg University (Chairman)
Professor Lars Roer Sætran, NTNU, Norway
Mark Žagar, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Denmark

ABSTRACT

Wind turbines located in cold climate regions are exposed to icing during the wintertime, which can lead to several icing induced problems, such as production losses, blade fatigue and safety issues. Despite this, wind power located in cold climate regions is very attractive due to the combination of favourable weather conditions and that the sites are onshore, remote and sparsely populated. To circumvent the challenges related to icing, empirical models are used to understand and predict the severity of icing at a given site, but since wind turbine icing is a very complex phenomenon the industry needs strong reliable tools for ice prediction and production loss assessment.

Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) a 2D model to simulate icing over time has been developed. The CFD Icing Model is developed based on the demand to improve the currently used production loss assessment framework. The CFD Icing Model is developed by implementing know theory in a commercial CFD software by user defined functions and available macros. In-cloud icing conditions and rime ice accretion is the modelling target for the model and ice accretion is modelled using an impingement model and customised surface boundary conditions for the object exposed to icing. The shape of the object exposed to icing is changes according to the calculated mass of ice every timestep.

Ice accretion is a dynamic process, controlled by the atmospheric conditions given to the model as the inlet boundary conditions. Thus, for modelling icing over time and for validation purposes, on-site measurements are used to compile a dataset consisting of inlet boundary conditions and validation data, obtained using image analysis. The results of modelling icing over time using the CFD Icing Model, corresponds very well to the results of the maximum ice thickness obtained from image analysis. The study presents a unique methodology for modelling icing over time using the CFD Icing Model developed and on-site data, which are most often available to the wind turbine owner and/or operator.  

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PhD defence by Marie Cecilie Pedersen on Modelling Icing on Structures for Wind Power Applications

ALL ARE WELCOME. THE DEFENCE WILL BE IN ENGLISH.

AFTER THE DEFENCE THERE WILL BE AN INFORMAL RECEPTION AT PONTOPPIDANSTRAEDE 111 IN ThE COFFEE ROOM.

 

Host

Department of Energy Technology

Address

Pontoppidanstræde 105, room 3.115

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