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Wind Turbine Performcanc, Control and Design, and Introduction to Probability and Statistics


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Students will take 2 classes, for a total of 6 credits. Both of these classes will be taught in English.  Classes are in the morning and each class is 2 hours long.  They both feature lectures, homework assignments, and examinations.  Depending on your major, these classes can either count as either required classes or technical electives.  Please review your courses with your Engineering Academic Advisor.  Aerospace Engineering Majors must review courses for degree eligibility with their Engineering Academic Advisor.

A Notre Dame Faculty member will teach Wind Turbine Performance Control and Design, and a faculty member from Alcoy, fluent in English, will teach Probability and Statistics.

Wind Turbine Performance, Control and Design

Taught by Thomas Corke and Robert Nelson 

This course develops the fundamental concepts and theories that can be used to design an efficient wind turbine.  To accomplish this task one must know the following:  understand the properties of the wind resource from which power will be extracted, understand the blade design features and aerodynamics that yields an efficient rotor, know how to control the blade loading during gusty winds to reduce fatigue problems, and be able to use active control to enhance turbine performance when operating below the rated wind speed.  The control portion of the class will focus on various control strategies including passive control techniques as well as distributed active flow control devices and strategies.  

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Probability and Statistics

This course provides an introduction to statistics for engineers, covering aspects of descriptive statistics, basic probability theory, conditional probability, independent events and probability models for random variables, including discrete continuos random variables.  It also covers an introduction to statistical inference: confidence intervals and hypothesis tests.  

For engineers, a good knowledge of probability and statistics can provide the basis for making decisions or choosing actions.  

Program Events

In addition to the 2 classes, students participate in program excursions throughout Spain.  They include things of cultural and engineering significance.  Click here for more information.