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H24EWE Wind Engineering and Energy
(Last Updated:05 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students registered on relevant MEng and MSc Engineering programmes, particularly Civil Engineering and Sustainable Energy Engineering, although some Built Environment students may benefit from studying this module.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  

  • Social and economic context: storm damage; climate change; pedestrian comfort; and wind as an energy source
  • Basic meteorology: global circulation; weather systems; types of wind (tornados, hurricanes, etc.)
  • Wind characteristics: wind spectra; macro- and micro-meteorological winds; atmospheric boundary layer; gustiness
  • Bluff body aerodynamics: flow around cylinders and surface mounted cubes; steady and unsteady forces on bluff bodies
  • Wind-structure interaction: buffeting, vortex shedding, galloping, flutter, divergence; brief introduction to structural dynamics; case study of Tacoma Narrows failure
  • Wind engineering tools: codes of practice (EUROCODE); wind tunnel modelling; computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Wind energy; onshore versus offshore wind farms; turbine energy yield; effects of topology; layout; design; planning issues Module Web Links:
  • Moodle
  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours
    Lecture 11 weeks1 per week1 hour

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 80 2-hour exam 
    Coursework 1 20 Wind loading calculations  

    Dr D Hargreaves

    Education Aims:  To alert students to the huge potential of the wind for destruction and also to help save the planet

    Learning Outcomes:  

    On successfully completing the module, students will have gained:
    a comprehensive knowledge of the wind, its effects and its energy producing potential
    familiarity with various methods for predicting the wind loading on basic structures, mainly through use of the EUROCODE
    understanding of the issues confronting the developers of wind farms

    This will contribute to the following programme learning outcomes (see Programme Specification for details):
    Knowledge and understanding of: A1, A2, A6
    Intellectual skills to: B1, B4
    Professional/Practical skills to: C1, C3
    Transferable/Key Skills to: D1, D4,D5

    Offering School:  Department of Civil Engineering

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