7. Wind Turbine Design and Testing

  1. J. F. Manwell1,
  2. J. G. McGowan1 and
  3. A. L. Rogers2

Published Online: 28 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781119994367.ch7

Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application, Second Edition

Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application, Second Edition

How to Cite

Manwell, J. F., McGowan, J. G. and Rogers, A. L. (2009) Wind Turbine Design and Testing, in Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119994367.ch7

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts, USA

  2. 2

    DNV – Global Energy Concepts, Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470015001

Online ISBN: 9781119994367



  • wind turbine design and testing;
  • load types, a wind turbine experiences - key international design standard IEC 61400-1;
  • turbine productivity, functions - of turbine's design and wind resource;
  • constraint of minimizing cost of energy - far-reaching implications;
  • design procedure, approaches - taken towards wind turbine design;
  • design process, predicting performance (power curve) of turbine;
  • important part of design process - estimation of cost of energy from wind turbine;
  • wind turbine standards, technical specifications and certification - standards for design, testing and wind turbine operation;
  • load scaling relations, for rotor - in laying out preliminary design;
  • ADAMS, a commercial motion simulation solution software package - analyzing complex behavior of mechanical assemblies using multibody method


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Overview

  • Design Procedure

  • Wind Turbine Topologies

  • Wind Turbine Standards, Technical Specifications, and Certification

  • Wind Turbine Design Loads

  • Load Scaling Relations

  • Power Curve Prediction

  • Computer Codes for Wind Turbine Design

  • Design Evaluation

  • Wind Turbine and Component Testing

  • References