Development of a Toolchain for Aero-structural Design of Composite AWE Kites

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The earlier in the design process the trade-offs between a system’s cost and its performance can be determined, the easier it is to narrowin on an optimal final design. In order to explore the initial design space for composite carbon kites, it is imperative to assess the load couplings effects and its impact on the aerodynamics of the wing, and ultimately the performance of the system’s yield. CFD and 3D finite element methods are currently too computationally expensive to efficiently explore the design space at such an early stage of the design process. This leads to the need for a toolchain that has sufficient modelling fidelity while being efficient enough to be used for conceptual design. An efficient aero-structural toolchain is the focus of this work.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event8th international Airborne Wind Energy Conference (AWEC 2019) - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Oct 201916 Oct 2019
Conference number: 8


Conference8th international Airborne Wind Energy Conference (AWEC 2019)
Abbreviated titleAWEC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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