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Structural optimization of the pumping kite wind generator

  • Ivan ArgatovEmail author
  • Risto Silvennoinen
Industrial Application

Abstract

This paper focuses on structural optimization of the so-called pumping kite wind generator whose operating principle consists in mechanically driving a ground-based electric generator by means of tethered kites. The employed mathematical model of the kite wind generator is based on the refined crosswind motion law derived under the assumption of equilibrium motion of the kite. The resulting simple approximate analytical formula for the mean mechanical power generated by the deploying kite is used for the constrained structural optimization of the pumping kite wind generator maximizing its electrical power output by adjusting the key structural parameters of the kite wind generator.

Keywords

Wind energy Kite generator Structural optimization Mechanical power Crosswind motion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering Problems, V.O.St. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsTampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland

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