The aerospace-engineering department at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) is working on a model wind turbine in the school’s wind tunnel. It has been used for researching operating behaviors in extreme conditions. Bachmann electronic is providing the controller for the model.
The setup is to test an aero-servo-elastic model that can provide information about the behavior of wind turbines in high winds. Information about the aerodynamics and aeroelasticity of the wind turbine is collected for conditions that are not easily tested in the field.
The turbine model features active individual blade pitch and torque controls. To obtain more realistic simulations, the tower and rotor blades must behave as elastic materials. The wind turbine model is equipped with a large number of sensors to record extensive data.
Bachmann electronic cooperates with universities and research institutes because their research results influence future developments. Prof. Carlo L. Bottasso from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the school is delighted: “The Bachmann M1 automation system lets us simulate the realistic operation of the wind turbine in the wind tunnel.”
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