Aerodynamic Optimisation of Airfoils and Winglets for Wind Turbine Application
The presented PhD thesis summarises work on applying evolutionary optimisation algorithms for the design of airfoils and winglets for wind turbine application.
This approach is more computationally expensive than using traditional design methods, i.e., gradient optimisation, but has the ability to find improved solutions in the multi-modal and rugged solution landscapes often encountered in aerodynamic design. Further, in this work the simulation tools are considered as ‘black-boxes’, where gradient information is difficult to obtain. In this scenario, evolutionary computation is a better approach since derivatives are not required
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