Principles of Wind Power Conversion

Western Texas College

  1. Course Information
    1. Course Description:  Provides a basic understanding of wind kinematics, aerodynamic laws, fluid dynamics, and thermal dynamics and their applications to wind energy generation
    2. Prerequisites:  Students are required to complete WIND 1310, be able to read and write on the college level. This class is also math intensive.
    3. Required grade for enrolling in the next course in this sequence:  None
    4. Students must receive a letter grade of a C to be able to enroll in WIND 4323 – Meteorology for Wind Energy at Texas Tech University.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Students will gain the basic understanding of wind kinematics (in one, two, and three dimensions) in a vector application and solve associated problems in regards to wind dynamics.
    2. Students will obtain the basic knowledge on wind interaction with obstacles and aerodynamic laws
    3. Students will gain the basic knowledge on fluid dynamics and how it is illustrated in wind   energy situations.
    4. Students will gain the basic knowledge on the thermodynamic considerations associated with wind turbine generation.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. Campus/Online
      1. The Final exam must be proctored by your professor or an approved testing organization.  (Ask you instructor for more details.)
      2. Students are allowed to use their book and notes while taking their quizzes, Mid-term and Final exam.
      3. Students are allowed to use a calculator on quizzes, Mid-term, and Final exam that are TI-84 and lower.
      4. All quizzes, Mid-terms and Final exams are timed.
  4. Course Requirements
    1. Campus/Online
      1. There will be a mid-term exam.
      2. There will be a comprehensive final exam.
      3. There will two project-based learning activities.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Reference Book:  Munson, Young and Oiishi, Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, John Wiley &Sons, 2009 Halliday/ Resnick and Walker, J., Fundamentals of Physic, John Wiley & Sons, 2008
    2. Calculators: Students will need a calculator that is capable of performing log calculations.
  6. Grading Breakdown:
    1.  Campus /Online











      Final exam


  7. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity - Students will come to class prepared to participate in the learning process and that part of this preparation will include the demonstration of mature and purposeful behavior. The College Code of Conduct and College Academic Integrity Policies will be followed with no exceptions.
    6. Students with disabilities - As perOP 34.22, any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements.  Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s office hours.  Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided.
  8. Course Content

Introduction to the physics of energy
The Concept of Energy
The international systems of units

Kinematics of a particle
Kinematics in one dimension
Kinematics in two dimension
Particle Dynamics
Frictional Forces
Work and Energy
The Conservation of Mechanical Energy
System of Particles
The conservation of linear momentum
Rotational Dynamics of rigid bodies
Rotational Kinematics
Vibrational motion – Oscillations
Mechanical waves
Sound waves
Introduction to Fluids
Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
Types of Flow and the Bernoulli’s Principle

Introduction to Thermodynamics
Heat, Work, and Internal Energy
Adiabatic Processes
The Carnot Cycle and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Electric Charges
Forces among Magnets
DC circuits
Induction and Faraday’s Law



Last Modified: August 25, 2017