Wind Energy Engineering

Basic Skill: Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are responsible for the characterization of the wind and for the transformation and of the kinetic energy into mechanical energy. Therefore, special emphasis is set on aerodynamics and aeroelasticity, structural mechanics and –dynamics and the field of fibre-reinforced composite.

Planning and economic competences can be achieved through selection of a competence area or through modules. 

Competence Areas

Wind and mechanical energy transformation
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: Mechincal Engineering
Comprehensive studies Mechincal Engineering  
    Project Wind S/W LP
Wind Energy Wind Energy Technology I     w 6
Wind Energy Technology II     s 6
Civil Engineering Basic Principles of Structural Engineering I     s 6
Electrical Engineering Principles of Electric Power Systems     s 5
Principles of Electromagnetically Power Conversion     w 5
Mechincal Engineering Engineering Dynamics and Vibrations     w 4
Elective Modules Mechincal Engineering
Comprehensive studies Mechincal Engineering  
    Projekt Wind S/W LP
Civil Engineering Dynamics of Structures     s 6
Soil Mechanics and Foundations     w 6
Project and Contract Management     s 6
Concrete Construction     s 6
Steel Construction     s 6
Electrical Engineering Control of Wind Energy Turbines     s 6
High Voltage Technique I     w 5
Power Electronics I     w 5
Automatic Control Engineering I     s 4
Electric Power Systems I     w 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
Project work and Master thesis
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: Wind and Mechanical Energy Conversion

A mechanical engineer is typically responsible for the mechanical energy conversion, i.e. they take care that the kinetic energy of the wind can be used as mechanical energy. The field of work is extended to the probalistic characterization of the wind field, the aerodynamic and structural design of rotor blades and moreover the design of drive train components such as the hub, bearings and the gearbox. Aeroelastic simulations of the full system enables you to analyse interactions between the turbine and the wind and even between components of the turbine themselves, so that an advanced level of understanding can be developed and optimization potentials can be recognized.

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 und 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: Wind and mechanical energy conversion
      S/W LP
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
Elective Modules: Wind and mechanical energy conversion
      S/W CP
Wind and mechanical energy conversion 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
Optional modules: other competence area
      S/W CP
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
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

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
  • Üroduction of a model rotor blade of approx. 2m length that will be given as a price to the student with the best homework
Aeroelastic stability depending on the center of gravity [Hansen]

Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity of Wind Turbines

  • Imparting of mechanical knowledge about the simulation of the dynamic response of a wind turbine
  • Addresses amongst others aeroelastic instability, modal reduction of rotor blades, unsteady aerodynamics and mechanical damping
Multi-layer bonding [Balzani]

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, Production, Construction and Operation

A mechanical engineer with the specialization „Project Planning, Production, Construction and Operation“ is responsible for the planning and economic aspects of the wind industry. You plan and optimize wind farm layouts and study all essential aspects from the construction to the operation of a wind farm. In the field of production a mechanical engineer is able to work within various components of a wind turbine such as the rotor blades, the hub and the drive train. Furthermore, as project engineers, they advise the management in financial questioning in the production and the 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 und personal interest further software tools might be added to that list. Check the module description for further information on software. Besides, project planner are using the software WindPRO, the market leading software for computer aided windfarm design. 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 Modules: 22 ± 2 CP
Elective Modules: 22 ± 4 CP
From that other competence areas up to 10 CP
Mandatory Modules: Project Planning, Production, Construction and Operation
      S/W LP
Project Planning, Production, 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 development, manufacturing, 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 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
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 Energy 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 taken from a windstatic tutorial

Energy rose taken from a windstatic tutorial

  • Presentation of planning strategies and concepts for on- and offshore windfarms
  • In the accompanying tutorial wind statistics and based on these windfarm layouts will be developed with Excel and Matlab
Project planning with WindPRO

Computer-Aided Design of Wind Farms

  • Implementation of a windpark design with the software package WindPRO and WAsP interface.