Wind Energy Engineering

Basic Skill: Civil Engineering

Civil Engineers are characterised by their expertise in structural engineering. They are responsible for the tower and foundation of a wind turbine, and study its interaction with the soil.

The programme therefore focuses in steel and concrete construction, as well as planning and economic aspects. Moreover, fibre-reinforced rotor blades is a field of activity for civil engineers.

Competence Areas

Dimensioning of support structures
Project Planning, Production, Construction and Operation

Selection rules

Overview: selection rules
  Comprehensive studies: 40 ± 2 CP
Depending on basic competence
Mandatory Module: 32 CP
Elective Module: 8 +- 2 CP
From that up to 5 CP Studium generale
Master’s degree
120 CP
Professional Specialisation: 40 ± 2 CP
Depending on specialisation
Mandatory Module: 22 +- 2 CP
Elective Module: 22 +- 4 CP
From that other competence areas up to 10 CP
  Scientific work: 40 CP Project work: 10 CP
Master thesis: 30 CP

Interdisciplinary Modules

Selection rules: Interdisciplinary Modules
Master’s degree
120CP
Comprehensive studies: 40 ± 2 LP
Depending on basic competence
Mandatory Module: 32 CP
Elective Module: 8 ± 2 CP
From that up to 5 CP Studium generale 5 CP
Mandatory Modules: Civil Engineering
Comprehensive studies Civil Engineering  
    Project Dim S/W LP
Wind Energy Wind Energy Technology I     w 6
Wind Energy Technology II     s 6
Electrical Engineering Control of Wind Energy Turbines     s 6
Basics of Electrical Engineering I for mechanical engineers     w 5
Basics of Electrical Engineering II for mechanical engineers     s 5
Mechincal Engineering Product Design and Manufacturing III     s 4
Elective Modules: Civil Engineering
Comprehensive studies Civil Engineering  
    Projekt Dim S/W LP
Civil Engineering Dynamics of Structures     s 6
Concrete Construction     s 6
Steel Construction     s 6
Electrical Engineering Principles of Electric Power Systems     s 5
Principles of Electromagnetically Power Conversion     w 5
High Voltage Technique I     w 5
Power Electronics I     w 5
Automatic Control Engineering I     s 4
Electric Power Systems I     w 5
Mechincal Engineering Engineering Dynamics and Vibrations     w 4
Engineering Mechanics IV     s 5
Studium generale Key competences / useful complements to your studies        

Scientific work

Selection rules: Scientific work
Master’s degree
120 CP
Scientific work: 40 CP Project work: 10 CP
Master thesis: 30 CP
Scientific work
Scientific work Project work   10CP
Master thesis   30CP
As part of your study a scientific research project (10 LP) and master’s thesis is mandatory. Both projects can be realized in cooperation with industrial companies at home and abroad.

 

Competence Area: Constructive dimensioning of support structures

As a civil engineer, you are responsible for the design of the foundation and tower, which nowadays exceeds 150 meters for modern onshore wind turbines. For offshore wind turbines, you design the supporting platform beneath the sea level as well and simulate the interaction between the turbine and the sea bottom and the sea state. In order to validate the theories used in the simulation, the test centrum for support structures are to your disposal for large-scale experiments.

During your studies, you will have the possibility to put the newly acquired knowledge into praxis by learning various software programs. Excel and Matlab are basic software tools that are widely used within our research. However, prior knowledge is not required. Depending on the specialization and personal interest, further software tools might be added to that list. Check the module description for further information on software. A software catalogue with discounted offers for students enrolled at the Leibniz University can be found here. The university and the institutes offer tutorials for most of the software tools mentioned above.

Disciplinary modules

Selection rules: Professional Specialisation
Master’s degree
120 CP
Professional Specialisation: 40 ± 2 CP
Depending on specialisation
Mandatory Module: 22 ± 2 CP
Elective Module: 22 ± 4 CP
From that other competence areas up to 10 CP
Mandatory Modules: Dimensioning of support structures
      S/W CP
Dimensioning of support structures Geotechnical Engineering Constructions   s 6
Special Designs of Concrete Construction   w 6
Structural Safety in Steel Construction   w 6
Support Structures of Offshore Wind Turbines   w 6
Elective Modules: Dimensioning of support structures
      S/W LP
Dimensioning of support structures Maintaining and Restoration of Buildings and Material Testing   w 6
Concrete Technology for Engineering Structures   w 6
Soil Dynamics   s 6
FE Applications in Structural Analysis   S 6
Mechanics of Solids   W 6
Finite Elements II   S 5
Basics of wave theories and sea state analysis   S 3
Innovative Concrete Construction – Special Concrete Engineering   s 6
Contact Mechanics   W 6
Vibration Problems of Structures   W 6
Optional modules: other competence areas
      S/W LP
Electrical energy conversion and grid connection Electrical Engines   s 5
Electrical Power Systems II   s 4
Laboratory: Electrical Engines   w 4
Power Electronics II   s 5
Planning and Operation of Electric Power Systems   w 4
Transients in Electric Power Systems   s 4
Small Electrical Motors and Servo Drives   w 4
Renewable Energies and Smart Concepts for Electric Power Systems   s 3
Principles of the Electric Energy Industry   s 3
High Voltage Technique II   s 4
Laboratory: Electrical Engines   s 4
Electric Power Systems Laboratory   s 4
Laboratory Exercise on Power Electronics   w 4
Control of Electrical Three-phase Machines   s 4
Project development, manufacturing, construction and operation Design and Installation of Wind Farms   w 6
Major Projects Worldwide   s 6
Quality Management   S 4
Technical Reliability   W 4
Factory Planning   w 5
Design of Steel Structures   w 6
Material Flow Systems   W 5
Marine Construction Logistics   w 6
Digital Building and Construction   W 6
Production Management   w 5
Computer-Aided Design of Wind Farms   w 3
Reliability of Mechatronical Systems   s 5
Wind and mechanical energy conversion Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity of Wind Turbines   w 4
Fibre Composite Lightweight Structures   W 6
Finite Elements I   w 4
Computational Fluid Dynamics   W 4
Fluid Dynamics II   w 4
Aeroacoustics and Aeroelasticity of Turbo Machinery   S 4
Introduction to Meteorology   W 4
Materials Science and Engineering   w 5
Continuum Mechanics I   W 5
Local Climates   w 4
Multibody Systems   w 5
Rotor Blade Design for Wind Energy Turbines   s 6
Flow Measurement and Testing Techniques   s 4
Kinematics and Dynamics   w 4
Tribology   S 5
Power Trains in Wind Turbines   W 5

Highlights

Student aerodyn. Predesign

Rotor blade design for wind turbines

  • Perform an aerodynamic and structural design of a rotor blades with regard to energy yield and load optimizing in Matlab
  • Production of a model rotor blade of approx. 2m length that will be given as a price to the student with the best homework
Experimental set-up in the test centrum for support structures Hannover

Support structure of offshore wind turbines

  • Research of calculation methods for the design of offshore wind turbine support structures, taking into account wave loads, fatigue and vibrational excitations
Multi-layer bonding [Schürmann]

Fibre Composite Lightweight Structures

  • The students gain a comprehensive knowledge about fibre-reinforced polymers as a material and how to design and calculate fibre-reinforced lightweight structures.

Competence area: Project planning, production, construction and operation

As a civil engineer with a specialisation in „Project planning, production, construction and operation“, you are responsible for the planning- and economical aspects of the wind industry. You plan and optimise wind park layouts and learn all the important steps from the build to operation. As a civil engineer, you apply your gained knowledge to the foundation and support structures of wind turbines and advise in the management, for example with financial questions in the production and project planning.

During your studies, you will have the possibility to put the newly acquired knowledge into praxis by learning various software programs. Excel and Matlab are basic software tools that are widely used within our research. However, prior knowledge is not required. Depending on the specialization and personal interest, further software tools might be added to that list. Check the module description for further information on software. A software catalogue with discounted offers for students enrolled at the Leibniz University can be found here. The university and the institutes offer tutorials for most of the software tools mentioned above.

Disciplinary modules

Selection rules: Professional Specialisation
Master’s degree
120 CP
Professional Specialisation: 40 ± 2 CP
Depending on specialisation
Mandatory Module: 22 ± 2 CP
Elective Module: 22 ± 4 CP
From that other competence areas up to 10 CP
Mandatory Modules: Project development, manufacturing, construction and operation
      S/W LP
Project development, manufacturing, construction and operation Design and Installation of Wind Farms   w 6
Major Projects Worldwide   s 6
Quality Management   S 4
Technical Reliability   W 4
Elective Modules: Project Planning, Production, Construction and Operation
      S/W LP
Project development, manufacturing, construction and operation Factory Planning   w 5
Design of Steel Structures   w 6
Material Flow Systems   W 5
Marine Construction Logistics   w 6
Digital Building and Construction   W 6
Production Management   w 5
Computer-Aided Design of Wind Farms   w 3
Reliability of Mechatronical Systems   s 5
Optional modules: other competence area
      S/W LP
Electrical energy conversion and grid connection Electrical Engines   s 5
Electrical Power Systems II   s 4
Laboratory: Electrical Engines   w 4
Power Electronics II   s 5
Planning and Operation of Electric Power Systems   w 4
Transients in Electric Power Systems   s 4
Small Electrical Motors and Servo Drives   w 4
Renewable Energies and Smart Concepts for Electric Power Systems   s 3
Principles of the Electric Energy Industry   s 3
High Voltage Technique II   s 4
Laboratory: Electrical Engines   s 4
Electric Power Systems Laboratory   s 4
Laboratory Exercise on Power Electronics   w 4
Control of Electrical Three-phase Machines   s 4
Dimensioning of support structures Geotechnical Engineering Constructions   s 6
Special Designs of Concrete Construction   w 6
Structural Safety in Steel Construction   w 6
Support Structures of Offshore Wind Turbines   w 6
Maintaining and Restoration of Buildings and Material Testing   w 6
Concrete Technology for Engineering Structures   w 6
Soil Dynamics   s 6
FE Applications in Structural Analysis   S 6
Mechanics of Solids   W 6
Finite Elements II   S 5
Basics of wave theories and sea state analysis   S 3
Innovative Concrete Construction – Special Concrete Engineering   s 6
Contact Mechanics   W 6
Vibration Problems of Structures   W 6
Wind and mechanical energy conversion Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity of Wind Turbines   w 4
Fibre Composite Lightweight Structures   W 6
Finite Elements I   w 4
Computational Fluid Dynamics   W 4
Fluid Dynamics II   w 4
Aeroacoustics and Aeroelasticity of Turbo Machinery   S 4
Introduction to Meteorology   W 4
Materials Science and Engineering   w 5
Continuum Mechanics I   W 5
Local Climates   w 4
Multibody Systems   w 5
Rotor Blade Design for Wind Energy Turbines   s 6
Flow Measurement and Testing Techniques   s 4
Kinematics and Dynamics   w 4
Tribology   S 5
Power Trains in Wind Turbines   W 5

Highlights

Student aerodyn. predesign

Rotor blade design for wind turbines

  • Perform an aerodynamic and structural design of a rotor blades with regard to energy yield and load optimizing in Matlab
  • Production of a model rotor blade of approx. 2m length that will be given as a price to the student with the best homework
Energy rose from the wind statistics home assignment

Design and Installation of Wind Farms

  • Introduction to planning strategies and concepts of on- and offshore wind Parks
  • Wind park layouts based on wind statistics are designed during the tutorials
Projektierung mit WindPRO

Computergestützter Windpark-Entwurf

  • Durchführung eines Windpark-Entwurfs mit dem Softwarepaket WindPRO und WAsP Schnittstelle.