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Wind turbine has become popular in Malaysia but the product must be designed to suit atmospheric condition in Malaysia. It also can give benefit for all users to reduce the cost and also can generate the energy. Wind turbines are systems that attach the kinetic energy of the wind for useful power. Overall, the weight and cost of the blades are the keys in manufacture wind energy competitive with other sources of power. Thus, based on cost alone, reducing the weight of the blade is an important issue worthy of research. Another factor that plays a very important role is the operational life of the machine, but the main factor is the blades. As the requirements for improved stiffness, fatigue life, reliability and efficiency increase, so do the challenges of developing innovative design solutions. However, if change the design and material the blade can be generated at the certain high level and Malaysia has the potential to generated wind turbine blade. In fact, by using composite material and redesign the blades can improve the energy, save cost and long term for user. For home user usually used blade made from composite especially in Malaysia because this material is light weight. It also, can change it to existing wind turbine blade.



Wind turbine is a device to convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. It also called wind energy, into mechanical energy. This wind flow, or motion energy can be used to generate electricity from wind turbine and also can reduce the cost. This wind turbine focuses to generated energy for home owner. For example, a wind turbine can be used to drive machinery, for grinding grain or pumping water. In many applications, a wind turbine is coupled to an electrical generator. Smaller wind turbines are used for applications such as battery charging or auxiliary power on sailing boats. Wind turbine has two basic groups for example the horizontal axis variety, and the vertical axis design. A horizontal Axis Wind Turbine is the most common wind turbine design. In addition to being parallel to the ground, the axis of blade rotation is parallel to the wind flow. Although vertical axis wind turbines have existed for centuries, they are not as common as their horizontal counterparts. The main reason for this is that they do not take advantage of the higher wind speeds at higher elevations above the ground as well as horizontal axis turbines. Due to irregular wind and lower wind speed velocity, Malaysia is unsuitable for large scale wind turbine. However, if design new blades and change the material can be generated at the certain high level. The larger, 2.0 metre diameter rotor will sweep across more wind, and therefore it can produce more power, in a given windspeed. The smaller, three bladed rotors will have a slower tip speed, but will run more smoothly because it has three blades. Wind turbine blades are the main criteria for high speed to generate energy. Even though, wind turbine is the new technology in Malaysia, there are ways to improve the energy capture.



Global warming is the recent problem to the whole world. Governments and various organizations of all developed and developing countries are trying to reduce it. In this era human life is highly dependent upon electrical energy, even we cant think about life without electricity. But today most of electrical demand is met by conventional energy sources. Now the electricity prices and global temperature is increasing. Wind turbine is one of the solutions one of them, but is not suitable for Malaysia meteorological conditions, for example insufficient wind speed. The existing product of low speed wind turbine has some problems on the important part such as the blades. Existing blades also less aerodynamic and heavy weight. Another problem is excessive noise and high vibration. The hub also is distorted and low speed to generate the energy. For this case the best solution to improve the design and find the best material for blades. The most important thing is the blade can rotate or spin even if in low wind speed.



The main objectives of the project are as listed below: To design and fabricate an aerodynamic composite wind turbine blades to improve the rotation of turbine and catalyst more electric charge. To improve hub function on blade to increase blade rotation



This project is limited to the following issues: 1. To study and compare various shape of blades. 2. To find the best dimension of blade and hub. 3. Come out with result stress analysis and blade deformation analysis. 4. Come out with result Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis using Ansys.



Market research was done by searched through internet, report and books about wind turbine blades. All of the information about the wind turbine blades that our group gathers finds that the wind turbine blades is better use the fiber glass material to fabricate the blades. In order to get a more precise information about the wind turbine blades, our group must study hard about the criteria of blade and the other part for example the hub, casing for generator and tail wind turbine.

1. .Efficient wind turbine blade design made from composite materials.

Figure 1.1 The winners of the state wide competition (Wire, 2009). Gov. John Baldacci from Sumner Memorial High School won the competition to build an efficient wind turbine blade from composite materials at the University of Maine. The blade is especially designed for maximum wattage keeping in mind the overall lightness and aerodynamics. This student teams sent a composite materials to design a prototype blade. This blade should be no longer than 18 inches and the turbines could be no greater than 42 inches in diameter. The teams also wrapped their blades with a fibreglass cloth and infused them with a resin that hardened the blades. The overall aim was to design a blade that would generate the most wattage.


Figure 1.2 Advantages of composite material (Shed, 2010). Fibre glass has advantage for example higher strength to weight ratio as compared to other materials. Besides that this material is light weight components are easier to install, requiring less equipment, time, and manpower costs.


Figure 1.3 High efficiency 3 blade turbines (Woofenden & Piggott, 2012) The ratio between the speed of the blade tips and the speed of the wind is called tip speed ratio. High efficiency 3-blade-turbines have tip speed/wind speed ratios of 6 to 7. Modern wind turbines are designed to spin at varying speeds (a consequence of their generator design, see above). Use of aluminium and composite materials in their blades has contributed to low rotational inertia, which means that newer wind turbines can accelerate quickly if the winds pick up, keeping the tip speed ratio more nearly constant. Operating closer to their optimal tip speed ratio during energetic gusts of wind allows wind turbines to improve energy capture from sudden gusts that are typical in urban settings.



1. Wind turbines as RE source

Figure 1.4 Excellent situation at Sabah (Lee, 2012). This article focus at Sabahs a good potential in harnessing energy from wind by putting up wind turbines offshore on its northern tip. Sabah also could be the beneficiary of its RE initiative in testing the viability of vertical wind turbine power generator. Sabah has the right geographic factors and excellent situation to generate enough wind for wind turbine projects. One of the RE industry solutions offered by Pernec is wind turbine. Pernec claims that its wind turbine emits low noise and can generate between 300W and 25kW; most suited for windy and coastal areas or islands.


Figure 1.5 Pulau Perhentian Kecil now powered by wind (Radhika, 2007). Pulau Perhentian Kecil in Terengganu have energy generating system to provides electricity. This energy system which features a wind turbine and hybrid solar generator and battery its debut at the tourist paradise island Perhentian Kecil

recently. With this first-of-its-kind energy system in Asia, tourists can look forward to more environment-friendly excursions compared to previously when dieselpowered generators supplied power to this tiny island off the coast of Terengganu. Besides that, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh launched the system at a traditional fishing village on the island.


Figure 1.6 Commercial wind energy generation may be possible after all (Shaharuddin, 2012). Dr Chong Wen Tong from Universiti Malaya say, who has always been interested in finding a reliable wind source for energy generation, may have found the answer. Around three years ago, he developed a wind energy recovery system from air exhaust outlet those great fans usually located on top of commercial buildings for air conditioning.


Figure 1.7 UPM First Wind Turbine Hybrid with Solar Panel (kiki, 2010). Recently, Our Malaysia local university-University Putra Malaysia (UPM) had kick start the Renewable Energy (RE) Initiative by installing few units of stylish wind turbines and solar panels in UPM-Serdang main campus.

5. Performance of Wind Turbine Based on Wind Speed in Kangar, Northern Malaysia

Figure 1.8 Performance Wind turbine at Kangar (Daut, Irwanto, & Irwan, 2011). Nowadays, wind energy is crucial for electricity companies as it is renewable and free resource. Malaysia has a good prospective in wind energy and have decided to opt for the wind energy to replace the fossil fuel which is non-renewable energy. Malaysia faces the four seasons such as southeast monsoon, northeast monsoon and two shorter periods of inter monsoon seasons. Hence, wind over in Malaysia is generally light with the speed less than 8 m/s.


Blade Material

Figure 1.9 Fibre glass commonly used for Wind Turbine Blade (Austin, 2011). Composite materials, such as fiberglass, are currently the most commonly used materials in wind turbine construction. Fiberglass is generally only used for small, domestic applications, because fiberglass inclines to be more fragile than other fibre based materials. That makes fiberglass a liability for commercial purposes.





Wind energy was start development since the early 1980s. Wind energy system has own advantages between the other renewable energy. The rotor must have design of aerodynamic device, for example the wing or rotor blade with an aerodynamic shape, to be able to rotate smoothly. Today nearly all wind turbines have three blades because the stability better than using two blades. Besides that, the high noise can reduce if usage three blades (Brondsted, Lilholt, & Lystrup, 2005).



2.2.1 Design of Wind Turbine Blades

Design of blades is the most important part to conduct the wind turbine system. Thus, blades also must have special design to capture the maximum wind. Blade design for the small horizontal axis wind turbine is not difficult because there have various designs announce on the internet. But then, for the vertical axis wind turbine is really a difficult to design because there have no common model blades design yet. Blade design also starts with air foil shapes. Air foil sections also take serious for this schem (Blanton & Preston, 2012). It is anticipated that the aero-elastic blade will passively adapt its shape to the wind direction and speed leading to improve aerodynamic blade characteristic, reduce loads, and improved performance Airfoil with increased lift coefficient (Sunara, 2012). Design of blades can improve the length to capture more wind at low speed, and then can retract to operate safely and efficiently at high wind speeds (Richardson, 2009).

Table 2.1 The two mechanisms of propulsion compared (Schubel & Crossley, 2012). Propulsion Diagram Drag Lift

Relative Wind Velocity

= Wind velocity - Blade velocity

( )

Table 2.2 Main features of the two rotor designs (ITDG, Fernando, & Piggott, 2001). Country of origin Designer Blade section Diameter Tip speed ratio Number of blades Design

Peru Teodoro Sanchez NACA 4412 1.7metres 5 3

Sri Lanka Sunith Fernando K2 2.0metres 6 2


Table 2.3 Various types of blades design for horizontal and vertical axis wind turbine blades (Meyers, 2012). Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Vertical Axis Wind Turbine











Table 2.4 Comparison Lift-based and drag based Wind Turbines (Bagiorgas, Assimakopoulos, & Theharopoulos, 2006). Lift-based Wind Turbines Drag-based wind turbine

More energy can be extracted from In drag-based wind turbines, the force of wind using lift rather than drag, but the wind pushes against a surface, like an this requires specially shaped airfoil open sail. The Savonius rotor is a simple surfaces. The airfoil shape is designed drag-based windmill that you can make at to create a differential pressure home. It works because the drag of the

between the upper and lower surfaces, open, or concave, face of the cylinder is leading to a net force in the direction greater than the drag on the closed or perpendicular to the wind direction. convex section.

2.2.2 Material for the wind turbine blades

Wind turbine blades have many types to manufacture. Besides that, wind turbine blades can be improve from better designs, material, manufacturing, analysis, and testing. The material of blades must be low weight and rotating inertia to increase the energy capture. The blades must also high rigidity because this is important case for stability wind turbine blades. Therefore, resistance to fatigue and wear also must take serious. Each material has differemce advantages and disadvantages in the manufacture of blades design. Today nearly, all large horizontal-axis wind turbine blades are usually made from composite materials to reduce the weight while attaining a reasonable strength to weight ratio (Chena, Gaub, & Chena, 2011). Composite material has many


advantages for example very stiff and strong, and yet lightweight fibres of glass (Walczyk, 2010).

a) Materials Requirements

These operational parameters and conditions lead to the following requirements focused on stiffness, density, and long-time fatigue: High material stiffness is needed to maintain optimal aerodynamic performance. Low density is needed to reduce gravity forces. Long fatigue life is needed to reduce material degradation.

2.2.3 Difference material used for Wind Turbine Blades

The description of difference material as below:


Fibre glass Blades is the popular wind turbine blades material for both large and small wind turbines. Fibre glass materials are ideal for producing wind turbine blades because of their strength, light weight and ability to be tailored to provide the precise mechanical properties needed for any blade design. Fiberglass also has many positive comments between other material from the article and in website forum (Richardson, 2009).

Figure 2.1 Fiber glass blades (Richardson, 2009).


Table 2.5 Advantages and disadvantage of Fiber glass wind turbine blades (Brondsted et al., 2005). Advantages Resin/catalyst levels and the resin content in the fiber are accurately set by the materials manufacturer. High fiber volumes can be safely achieved. The materials have excellent health and safety characteristics and are clean to work with. Autoclaves are usually required to cure the component. These are expensive, slow to operate and limited in size. Fiber cost is minimized in unidirectional tapes since there is no secondary process to convert fiber into fabric prior to use. Resin chemistry can be optimized for mechanical and thermal performance, with the high viscosity resins being impregnable due to the manufacturing process. Core materials need to be able to withstand the process temperatures and pressure. Tooling needs to be able to withstand the process temperatures and pressures involved. Disadvantages Materials cost is higher.

The extended working times means that structurally optimized, complex layups can be readily achieved. Potential for automation and labor saving.

Difficult to make.



Woods blades usually used in simple wind turbine and small wind turbine. Its easy to design, easy to fabricate and also easy to destroyed. It also not long term used. And then about the cost for manufacture is cheapest. Wood is another common material for small and homemade. While it is a readily available, inexpensive material, wood poses several problems for the home. If it is not correctly treated, wood is extremely at risk to weather, warping with moisture or becoming brittle in the sun. In addition, wood is not very tough under lateral stress, so heavy winds can snap a wooden blade with little difficulty.

Figure 2.2 Wood blades (Richardson, 2009).


Polyvinyl Chloride blades (PVC) only applied in small wind turbine. Its have lightweight characteristic and easy to install. About the cost also same with the woods blades. PVC blades are an inexpensive blade option commonly used by does it yourself turbine manufacturers. One advantage of the material is the ease with which the manufacturer can shape it individually. It is also comparatively inexpensive, which makes it attractive to budget constrained operations. However, when exposed to the elements, PVC constantly weakens until it becomes very brittle and forms tiny hairline cracks on the surface. The result is that an errant breeze could crack the blade and shut down the turbine.


Figure 2.3 PVC blades (Richardson, 2009).


Aluminium alloy blades in some countries, this type of blades are used for 1kW-5kW wind turbine. Many manufacturers offer precision built aluminium blades. While most large scale generators do not use these blades, they are an excellent material for small turbines. While they are relatively heavy compared to plastics, aluminium blades are weather resistant, resilient and available from many suppliers. The down side is that they are more expensive than other options. Furthermore, the maximum rotor diameter is strictly limited by the material's weight.

Figure 2.4 Aluminium alloy blades (Richardson, 2009).

2.2.4 Fiber Glass Material

Fiberglass is a lightweight, extremely strong, and robust material. Even if strength properties are somewhat lower than carbon fiber and it is less stiff, the material is typically far less brittle, and the raw materials are much less expensive. Its greater part strength and weight properties are also very favorable when compared to metals, and it can be easily formed using molding processes. Glass fibers for composites


have a good combination to manufacture the small wind turbine blades (Brondsted et al., 2005).

Figure 2.5 Different physical forms, fine ground, chopped or woven (Harris, 1999).

Table 2.5 Advantages and disadvantages for fiber glass material (Harris, 1999). No. 1 Advantages Lower density (20 to 40%) Disadvantages Not often environmentally friendly. 2 3 4 5 6 7 Higher directional mechanical properties Higher Fatigue endurance Higher toughness than ceramics and glasses. Versatility and tailoring by design Easy to machine Can combine other properties (damping, corrosion). 8 Cost. Low recyclability Cost can fluctuate Can be damaged. Anisotropic properties. Matrix degrades. Low reusability.


2.2.5 Composite Material

Composites can be divided into laminates and sandwiches; a. Laminates layers of composite materials bonded together (Walczyk, 2010).

b. Sandwiches multiple layer composite structure consisting of a lowdensity core between thin faces (skins) of composite materials (Walczyk, 2010).

Figure 2.6 Diagram showing the stiffness composite is better than between other material (Brondsted et al., 2005).



Aerodynamic performance is major for efficient rotor design. If dont have aerodynamic the blades high possibility cant operate. Aerodynamics is a very important aspect of wind turbines. There are still some fundamental concepts that apply to all turbines. The aerodynamics of a horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT) is

not straight forward. The air flow at the blades is not the same as the airflow further away from the turbine. A resistant drag force which clash with the motion of the blade is also generated by friction which must be reduced (Ph. Devinant, 2002).

2.3.1 Number of Blades

For large marketable machines, the upwind, three bladed rotor is the industry accepted the configurations. The three bladed also have advantages over by using the two bladed configurations. For the blade number choice is then a balance among blade stiffness for tower clearance, aerodynamic efficiency, and tower shadow impulsive noise (Sunara, 2012). The three bladed rotor configurations appear to provide the best balance. Another consideration the three blades is a more dynamically balanced rotor. In calculation, two-bladed rotors are more sensitive to one per rev, rotor mass also imbalance vibration. For more rotor dynamics of a three bladed rotor tend to result in lower operating and maintenance cost (Tangler, 2000). The main reason why the two blade rotor can work at higher tip speed ratio is that it only has two blades. The smaller, three bladed rotors will have a slower tip speed, but will run more smoothly because it has three blades. If use larger than 2.0 metre diameter rotor the blades will sweep across more wind, and can increase the power, in a given wind speed (ITDG et al., 2001).

2.3.2 Structural for Blades

As the Wind Energy Market has matured the optimization of blade design has become critical as blade lengths and weights have increased. As a consequence the one core fits all approach is no longer relevant for a modern wind turbine blade. Structural core is used in both the structural shell and shear webs of a standard infusion blade design. The material requirements for a structural core can vary considerably from shell to shear web and also from one area of a shell to another.


Therefore, to optimize the design, weight and performance of a blade the blade designer may make use of a number of core products.

Figure 2.7 Structural of blades(Walczyk, 2010).

a) Structural and Materials information (Valencia, 2004): Materials used in the construction of the blade. Engineering properties of the materials: Youngs modulus, Poissons ratio, failure strains. Materials lay-up and orientation of the layers. Materials used in the construction of shear webs and dimensions and positions relative to the air foil geometries.

2.3.3 Structural Blade Regions

The modern blade can be divided into three main areas classified by aerodynamic and structural function

Figure 2.8 The three blade regions (Schubel & Crossley, 2012).



The blade root

This section is first aerofoil and have carries the highest loads to support the blade. Its also low relative wind velocity is due to the relatively small rotor radius. The low wind velocity leads to reduced aerodynamic lift leading to large chord lengths. Therefore the root region of the blade will typically consist of thick aerofoil profiles with low aerodynamic efficiency.


The mid span

Aerodynamically significant the lift to drag ratio will be maximised. Therefore utilising the thinnest possible aerofoil section that structural considerations will allow.


The tip

Aerodynamically critical the lift to drag ratio will be maximised. Therefore using slender aerofoils and specially designed tip geometries to reduce noise and losses. Such tip geometries are as yet unproven in the field, in any case they are still used by some manufacturers.

2.3.4 Blade Geometry

Blade Geometry Minimum cost of energy is the criterion now used to optimize blade geometry rather than maximum annual energy production. To optimize on minimum cost of energy requires a multi-disciplinary method that includes an aerodynamic model, a structural model for the blades, along with cost models for the blades and all the major wind turbine components. Minimum cost of energy also benefits from higher rotor speeds, which are constrained by noise considerations (ITDG et al., 2001).


Geometric information (Valencia, 2004): Aerofoil geometry at known stations from the root. Length of the blade. Twist angle of the blade at several aerofoil stations. Chord length. The distance from the nose of a station to the blade generator line. (X-offset). Shear web dimensions and positions relative to the aerofoil geometries previously defined.

2.3.5 Blade Element

In blades element have two key assumptions (Ingram, 2011): There are no aerodynamic interactions between different blade elements The forces on the blade elements are solely determined by the lift and drag coefficients

Figure 2.9 Rotating Annular Stream tube notation (Ingram, 2011).

Figure 2.10 The Blade Element Model (Ingram, 2011).

The forces on the blade element are shown in Figure 4, note that by definition the lift and drag forces are perpendicular and parallel to the incoming flow (Ingram, 2011).

Figure 2.11 Forces on the turbine blade (Ingram, 2011).

2.3.6 Angle of attack

To become the best performance in wind turbine system angle of attack also can apply. The blade is deformed due to wind, when a blade is rotate. This deformation makes the angle of attack at the tip portion of the wind turbine blade larger than a design value, thus increasing noise (Hayashi, Hosoya, & Karikomi, 2010). After the angle of attack increases to approximately 18 to 20 degrees, the air can no longer flow smoothly over the top wing surface, because the airflow cannot make such a great change in direction so quickly, it becomes impossible for the air to follow the contour of the wing.

Figure 2.12 Angle of attack on blade wind turbine (F.L Ponta, 2006).


Figure 2.13 Angle of attack (F.L Ponta, 2006).

2.3.7 Aerofoil Section

Aerofoil sections also take serious for this system to find the best design. Conventional aircraft aerofoil design must have been used for wind turbine blades. If blades condition is clean, the aerofoils result in too much power in high winds, and the generator maybe can burned out. To avoid this problem, blades have been inclined more toward stall to reduce peak power which results in reduced rotor power to thrust ratios and high wind-farm array losses (Somers & Tangler, 1999).

Figure 2.14 Aerofoil sections the turbine blade (Somers & Tangler, 1999).


2.3.8 Aerodynamic noise

Factor aerodynamic noise depends on design and site parameters for example: The rotational speed. The inflow characteristics. The blade tip geometry. The tower. The blade geometry.

These entire factors affect the overall performance of the wind turbine. To become the good wind turbine can be choose design variables of optimisation procedures aiming at achieving satisfactory compromise among noise control, power production and costs, so as to make wind energy quieter and cheaper (Hansen, 2008).



The ideal strategy form of a HAWT rotor blade is defined using the BEM method by manipulative the chord length according to Betz limit, local air velocities and aerofoil lift. Several theories exist for calculating the optimum chord length which range in complexity. For blades with tip speed ratios of six to nine utilising aerofoil sections with negligible drag and tip losses, Betzs momentum theory gives a good approximation. In instances of low tip speeds, high drag aerofoil sections and blade sections around the hub, this method could be considered inaccurate. The Betz method gives the basic shape of the modern wind turbine blade.

Figure 2.15 However, in practice more advanced methods of optimization are often used (Schubel & Crossley, 2012).




The lift generated by an aerofoil section is a function of the angle of attack to the inflowing air stream. The inflow angle of the air stream is dependent on the rotational speed and wind speed velocity at a specified radius. The angle of twist required is dependent upon tip speed ratio and desired aerofoil angle of attack. Generally the aerofoil section at the hub is angled into the wind due to the high ratio of wind speed to blade radial velocity. In contrast the blade tip is likely to be almost normal to the wind (Valencia, 2004). The total angle of twist in a blade maybe reduced simplifying the blade shape to cut manufacturing costs. However, this may force aerofoils to operate at less than optimum angles of attack where lift to drag ratio is reduced. Such simplifications must be well justified considering the overall loss in turbine performance.



When a blade as a passes through air, the leading edge of the wing the airflow is divides. Certain air goes over the top of the wings the rest goes underneath. The air passing under the wing continues on more or less a straight line. This is because the lower surface of the wing is almost flat. However, the air flowing over the wing has farther to go, because the upper surface is curved. To keep up with the air underneath, the air on top has to move faster. But by Bernoulli's principle, higher speed means lower pressure. As a result, the air on top of the wing must press less strongly against the wing than does the air underneath.


Figure 2.16 The high and low high pressure on blade can provide the LIFT (Darling, 2000).

Since the downward pressure on the top of the moving wing is less than the upward pressure on the bottom of the wing, there is an overall upward force. This upward force is called LIFT.



The wind speed data was taken and been analyze at the certain place in Malaysia such as at Kudat, Labuan (Sabah) and Petaling Jaya (Selangor). The data was taken from 2006 to 2008 and the crucial outcomes from this analysis are (M.R. Islama, 2011). The monthly and yearly highest mean wind speeds were 4.76 m/s at Kudat and 3.39 m/s at Labuan respectively. The maximum wind power density was found to be 67.40 W/m2 at Kudat for the year 2008. The maximum wind energy density was found to be 590.40 kWh/m2/ year at Kudat in 2008. The highest most probable wind speed and wind speed carrying maximum energy were estimated 2.44 m/s at Labuan in 2007 and 6.02 m/s at Kudat in 2007. The maximum deviation, at wind speed more than 2 m/s


Small scale wind energy can be generated at the turbine height of 100 m. At very low wind speeds the turbine produces too little torque to overcome friction. Once the wind speed is sufficient to allow the turbine to rotate, the output power is approximately proportional to the cube of the wind speed. This remains true up to the rated speed. Above this speed the power production levels off, and with stall regulated turbines actually drops as wind speeds are increased. Finally at an even higher wind speed, the furling speed, the turbine is shut down to avoid damage to the machine (Othman, 2010). During this time, the total wind speed can reach until 12m/s. The electricity generation needs at least 4 to 4.5 m/s or 9 to 10.2 mph of total wind speed. Generally, Malaysia wind is relatively calm for almost 30% to 50% of the year (Yusoff, 2006). At this time the highest mean daily wind speed 3.8 m/s recorded Mersing, Johor. For highest maximum wind speed 41.7 m/s is recorded at Kuching, Sarawak on 15 September 1992. This data collected from Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

Figure 2.17 Peninsula of Malaysia



Aluminium is a silvery white metal with a density about a third that of steel. Aluminum was only implemented in testing situations because it was found to have a lower fatigue level than steel. Aluminium is ductile and good heat conductor. Aluminium is a low price metal but it has good reliability and has a low tensile strength. Aluminum is lightweight, but weaker and less stiff than steel.


Properties of Aluminium has a unique and unbeatable combination of properties that make it into a versatile, highly usable and attractive construction material. Aluminium is light with a density one third that of steel, 2.700 kg/m3. This material also strong with a tensile strength of 70 to 700 MPa depending on the alloy and manufacturing process. Extrusions of the right alloy and design are as strong as structural steel. The Youngs modulus for aluminium is a third that of steel (E = 70,000 MPa). This means that the moment of inertia has to be three times as great for an aluminium extrusion to achieve the same deflection as a steel profile. Aluminium blades have many advantages over other blade materials: Improved strength and rigidity. Better sheer strength at mounting points. Not UV affected, long life compared to PVC or wood. Easier and cheaper to paint, could be used unpainted with leading edge tape. More uniform aerofoil. End caps are held with 4 small screws. By using small rod in the C channel in the ends allows easy balancing. Slightly lighter than PVC. 100% aluminium, recyclable.






For this chapter to explain about methodology and the development of process. Before starts this project, student should know and identify the method of project methodology. This chapter must include in report because to identify step by step on how the flow or progress of the project will be too successful. A lot of journal, books, report, newspaper, website and the other to determine about wind turbine that currently use in worldwide we can refer. If use the wind turbine we should know about the wind, because the wind must has high wind speed velocity, but in Malaysia is country that have low wind speed velocity. Therefore, the student has a create ideas and brainstorming to design and find the best material blades wind turbine due to uncertainty wind speed in Malaysia.



In design process to show the steps that need to follow from start until end steps. Starting the design brief about wind turbine blades, it show a little defect or lack and need to be improving in order to give successful product. More idea and brainstorming required to get the solution for the problem. This process also can be identifying the problem design. To know what material and design for suitable, an analyzed must was done. Modification or refinement can be made to the concept while certain steps are common in the development of most product design..


Design brief Generate idea Brainstorming Conceptual design Concept (drawing) Refine the design Select the best design Detail design Detail product Detail manufacture Manufacturing instruction Identify the criteria Solve the solution

Figure 3.1 Design Process




This flow representation can give a stage explanation to a given problem. The arrows connecting them represent flow/direction of flow of data. In figure 3.2 below shows flowchart that was used to complete the design and development project.




Literature review

Generate product concept

Problem statement


Customer requirement

Material selction

Conceptual design

Technical requirement Design approval Establish target specification Analysis


Troubleshoot/ Rework




Final product

Figure 3.2 Mechanism and analysis proces flow chart




This Gantt chart is basically plan to control and helps student to follow the prescribed task without wasting time unnecessarily. It also management for each task and make a fabrication process going smoothly. In the other words, project schedule can make a task going systematically and also can avoid mistake throughout the process.



Figure 3.3 Gantt Char



Before the concept to be developed, the list of customer needs is made with group discussion and also interviews to get customer need about the product to be developed. The needs of the identify customer is for largely independent of any particular product and not specification to the concepts of the choose product. Other terms is including customer attributes and customer requirement. Its helps and guide a designer to create a product using criteria needed.


Identifying Customer Needs

Method used in this research is: i. ii. iii. Library research/Internet Questionnaire Focus group Customer Requirements Aerodynamic Easy to operate Smooth and silent Lightweight Stability Durable Attractive Easy to install Quality Minimize vibration Improve energy capture Figure 3.4 Customer Needs RankingsGS 5 3 3 4 4 5 3 3 4 3 5


Rankings: 1. Feature is undesirable, a product/ process with this feature should not be considered. 2. Feature is not important, but would be ok to have. 3. Feature would be nice to have, but is not necessary. 4. Feature is highly desirable, a product/ process without it should be considered. 5. Feature is critical, a product/ process without this feature should not be considered.


Research Methodology for Establish Specification

Method used in this research is: i. ii. Quality Function Deployment (QFD) Product Design Specification (PDS)

a) Quality Function Deployment (QFD)

Quality Function Deployment (QFD) is a customer driven planning process to guide the design, manufacturing, and marketing of goods. Through QFD, every design, manufacturing, and control decision is made to meet the expressed needs of customers. It uses a type of matrix diagram to present data and information. Under QFD, all operations of a company are driven by the voices of the customer, rather than by edicts of top management or the opinions or desires of design engineers.


Strong (9)

Medium (4)

Weak (1)

Figure 3.5 Quality Function Deployment (QFD)

b) Product Design Specification (PDS Diagram)

A product design specification (PDS Diagram) is a statement of what a not yet designed product is intended to do. Its aim is to ensure that the subsequent design and development of a product meets the needs of the user. The PDS Diagram acts as an initial boundary in the development of products.



Figure 3.6 PDS Diagram

c) Sketching Product Concept

For these steps, a sketch is a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not intended as a finished work. Figure below shows the sketching done by the student for blade and hub design of wind turbine.

Concept 1

Concept 2

Concept 3

Concept 4

Concept 5 Figure 3.7 Concepts of Blades Design


Concept 1

Concept 2

Concept 3

Concept 4

Concept 5 Figure 3.8 Concepts of Hub Design




3.6.1 Introduction

Concept selection is the process of evaluating concepts with respect to customer needs and other criteria, comparing the relative strengths and weakness of the concepts, and selecting one or more concepts for further investigation, testing, or development. Concept selection is an iterative process closely related to concept generation and testing. The concept screening and scoring methods help the team refine and improve the concepts, leading to one or more promising concepts upon which further testing and development activities will be focused. In concepts selection involves two-stage methodology is a: i. ii. Concepts screening Concept scoring

3.6.2 Concept Screening

The purpose of this stage are to narrow the number of concepts quickly and to improve the concepts. To complete this stage, must have five step: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Prepare the selection matrix Rate the concept Rank the concept Combine and improve the concept Select one or more concept


Figure 3.9 Concept Screening

3.6.3 Concept Scoring

Concept scoring is used when increased resolution will better differentiate among competiting concept. In this stage, our team weight the relative importance of the selection criteria and focuses on more refined comparisons wtih respect to each criterion. The concept scores are determined by the weighted sum of the ratings. Table 5.2 illustrates the scoring matrix used in this stage. In describing the concept process, we focus on differences relative to concept scoring.


Figure 3.10 Concept Scoring



3.7.1 Catia Drawing

In this process, catia is the method for doing a detail drawing. Each parts in blade design for small scale wind turbine was drawn and final secifications was determined. The model of wind turbine blades of different thickness by using mechanical packages (CATIA). Blade design are devided into two parts which are: i. ii. Blade Hub

Figure 3.11 Concept 5 drawing (Blade)


3.7.2 Properties of Fiber Glass and Aluminium

Table 3.1 Properties of Fiber Glass and Aluminium.


Properties Modulus of Elasticity Modulus of elasticity 45 GPa 2080 kg/m3 18.5 kN/m3 0.22 54.4 MPa 80.9 MPa 70 GPa 10 psi 2710 kg/m3 26.6 kN/m3 0.35 20 MPa 70 MPa

Fiber Glass

Mass Density Specific Weight Poissons Ratio Yield Stress Ultimate Stress Modulus of Elasticity Modulus of elasticity


Mass Density Specific Weight Poissons Ratio Yield Stress Ultimate Stress



Wind turbine blade design and performance analysis

The research activities in this area aim to provide the guidance for the design optimization of wind turbine blades through investigating the design methods and analysing the performance of the blades.

Figure 3.12 Analysis by using Hypermesh

For project analysis, HyperMesh software has been used. This software is to determine stress, strain and displacement of blade. Have two type materials for blades and two forces different to analyzed. Most modern wind turbine blades are made from glass-fibre reinforced polymer (GRP) composites due to their light weight and good mechanical properties. Once the geometric shape of the wind turbine blade is determined, the mechanical performance of the blade is mainly determined by the lay-up scheme, which includes the thickness distribution and fibre direction of the composites. Through stress-strain analysis of different lay-up structures using HyperMesh software.


Figure 3.13 Force 2 newton and constraint apply on blade.

Table 3.2 Result displacement and stress when apply force 2N on blade. Forces 2N


Thickness (mm)

Displacements (mm)

Yield Stress (N/ )

Stress (N/ )

Fiber Glass

3 4 5

Max = Max = 4.733 Max = 2.442 Max = Max = Max = 20 54.4

Max = Max = 7.411 Max = 4.740 Max = Max = 7.603 Max = 4.818


3 4 5


Figure 3.14 Force 5 newton and constraint apply on blade.

Table 3.3 Result displacement and stress when apply force 5N on blade. Forces 5N


Thickness (mm)

Displacements (mm)

Yield Stress (N/ )

Stress (N/ )

Fiber Glass

3 4 5

Max = Max = Max = 6.029 Max = Max = 7.471 Max = 3.858 20 54.4

Max = Max = Max = Max = Max = Max =


3 4 5



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1. Do you think the wind turbine help lower your energy problem? Yes No

2. What part you want to improve for generate more energy? Blades Generator

3. What do you expect from wind turbine blades? Attractive Good aerodynamic Material selection

Other: . .

4. What type material of wind turbine blades that you need? Wood Composite Alluminium

5. What is the most important criteria of that wind turbine blade should have? Lightweight Smooth and silent Cost Durable Easy to install

6. What is your suggestion to improve the energy capture of wind turbine?