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Unit information: Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power in 2020/21

Unit name Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power
Unit code AENGM3102
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Harper
Open unit status Not open

This unit is available without pre-requisites to all Faculty of Engineering undergraduate students studying for a Masters-level qualification (course restrictions permitting).



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit provides students with an advanced knowledge of wind and tidal energy systems. A key aspect of the course is the high level of expert industrial input, which will give students exposure to commercial knowledge and experience.

The unit’s lectures cover technical theory combined with industry case studies to demonstrate its practical application. Although the majority of lectures are common to all students, two separate coursework projects are offered, one focused on turbine analysis/design and another focused on foundation analysis/design.

The main aims of this unit are:

  • To develop an advanced understanding of the design of wind and tidal energy systems, including technical, economic and environmental issues.
  • To gain experience of using industry-standard methods to aid the design and analysis of wind/tidal turbine devices

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit the student should be able to:

  • Apply industry-standard methods to analyse the behaviour of wind/tidal turbine devices.
  • Evaluate design options for wind/tidal energy devices with respect to the technical, economic and environmental factors influencing an optimised solution.
  • Present and explain analysis results and conclusions/recommendations in the form of a professional written report.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

100% Coursework (Individual Report)

A choice of two separate coursework projects is offered, one focused on turbine analysis/design and another focused on foundation analysis/design.

Reading and References

  • Manwell, J.F., Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design & Application. 2009, 2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 0470015004
  • Spera, D.A., Wind Turbine Technology: Fundamental Concepts in Wind Turbine Engineering. 2009, 2nd ed., ASME. ISBN: 0791802604.
  • Hansen, M., Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines. 2008, 2nd ed., Earthscan. ISBN: 1844074382
  • Wildi, T., Electrical Machines, Drives & Power Systems. 2006, 6th ed., Pearson. ISBN: 0131969188
  • Boyle, G., Renewable Energy: Power for a Suitable Future. 2004, 2nd ed., OUP Oxford. ISBN: 0199261784
  • MacKay, D.J., Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air, 2009, Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 1906860017
  • Burton, T., The Wind Energy Handbook. 2011, 2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 0470699752
  • European Wind Energy Association, Wind Energy – The Facts: A Guide to the Technology, Economics & Future of Wind Power. 2015, 1st ed., EWEA, Luxembourg. ISBN: 1138881260