Master English 5 ECTS

Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity – course

Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity

The general course objective is to learn and implement the basic models used inside a full commercial aeroelastic code for load estimations on a wind turbine. This includes a coupling between unsteady rotor aerodynamics and a dynamic structural model of the wind turbine.

The participant will implement a simple aeroelastic model of a wind turbine in a numerical framework (e.g. Matlab or Python) that couples a simple structural model with an unsteady aerodynamic rotor model.

The participant will also implement a basic controller and simulate the response of a wind turbine during normal operation.

Learning objectives

After completing this course, the participant is able to:

  • Implement an unsteady Blade Element Momentum method to model the aerodynamic forces on a rotor.
  • Describe and implement a dynamic wake/inflow model in the unsteady aerodynamic model.
  • Describe and implement unsteady 2-D aerodynamics in the unsteady aerodynamic model.
  • Describe and derive how the atmospheric turbulent inflow excites the rotor structure and leads to the turbine load.
  • Describe alternative aerodynamic models for rotors.
  • Couple the unsteady aerodynamic model with a simple structural model.
  • Implement a basic wind turbine controller.
  • Simulate and describe the static and dynamic response and loads on a turbine.


This course is part of the Online Master of Wind Energy.

If you want to study the course, you need to be accepted to the Master’s programme.
Read more about the admission requirements for the Online Master of Wind Energy.

Duration and exam

The course has a duration of 13 weeks and concludes with a written exam.



13 weeks

Start 1. February 2022

11.000,00 DKK