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Adjustable flaps for wind turbines

03.02.2017

Researchers at the University of Oldenburg have developed a flap for wind turbine generators which is mounted parallel to the main rotor blade and is considerably smaller in its size and mass than the main blade. The core piece of the invention is the adjustable pitch of the flap. The flap's pitch as well as its distance to the main blade can be swiftly adjusted to actual wind variations by means of a control unit or adaptive mechanics, thus assuring an optimal airflow at the site of the main rotor. The flap adjustment unit is able to consider the position of the main blade, the actual rotor rotation speed, and the actual wind speed. A purely mechanical adaptive pitch adjustment is also in a state of planning.

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