Offshore Wind Power | Education
Courses on Offshore Wind Power
Offshore Wind Power: Science, engineering, and policy (MAST628). This course, like our program of research and study, is highly interdisciplinary. Example content of the course can be seen in the 2008 syllabus. Profs. Jeremy Firestone, Willett Kempton, and Dana Veron. Final papers are another way to judge the scope of a graduate course. Linked here are two from the first time the Offshore Wind course was offered, 2005. Please note that these are student papers, not peer reviewed. Nevertheless they are original, very substantial and have interesting preliminary findings. Both include resource assessments and other analyses, one for Florida offshore winds and ocean currents, and one Assessment of Delaware Offshore Wind Power.
Wind Power Engineering (MEEG-635). Offered in mechanical engineering, this course covers the mechanics, aerodynamics, and electrical characteristics of wind turbines. For texts and topics, see the course description. Professor Leonard Schwartz.
New Wind ClassesSeveral new wind courses have recently been developed at the University of Delaware through the Atlantic Wind Consortium grant, DE-EE003535 (see Current funded research). These classes represent the interdisciplinary nature of the Offshore Wind Program. Most of these classes have already been taught and will become a regular part of the University curriculum. Questions regarding any of these classes can be addressed by the Professor in charge (see Faculty). Unless stated otherwise, classes are 3 credit hours each.
Basic Electrical Machines and Power, ELEG614, Professor Keith Goossen outline
Geological Aspects of Offshore Wind Projects, GEOL467/667/MAST667, Professor John Madsen (tentative syllabus)
Materials Tribology, MEEG422/622, Professor David Burris (3 credit) Materials tribology concerns the material’s response to sliding or tribological contact. Moving systems become immobile when tribological materials fail, often with catastrophic consequences. This course provides an introduction to tribology, imparts a basic understanding of interfacial phenomena, and surveys emerging interface challenges in aerospace, wind power, and osteoarthritis applications.
Wind Power Meteorology, MAST/GEOG613, Professor Cristina Archer (3 credits) syllabus
Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines, Professor Ajay Prasad (available online, 1 credit)
Wind Energy Certificate Program
The proposed UD Wind Energy Certificate program is undergoing internal review. Once approved, it will lead to a graduate Certificate in Wind Energy. If taken full time, it is the equivalent of one semester in residence, although it would more typically be taken over a year of class work. The Wind Certificate may be a good option for a professional who: has an undergraduate degree; wants advanced training in wind power and closely related fields; does not need a full degree and full schedule of graduate courses. For more complete graduate training, we recommend a Masters or Doctoral program in, for example, the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, or an appropriate Engineering department.
Courses in the Wind Energy Certificate:
Wind Power Engineering, MEEG 635 -- Required
Offshore Wind Power, MAST 628 (described above)
Composites Manufacturing, MEEG 655
Fluid Mechanics Measurements, MEEG 636
Waves in the Marine Environment, MAST 693
Electric Power and Renewable Energy Systems, ELEG 615
Electric Power Distribution Design, ELEG 667
For information about the Wind Energy Certificate, contact:
Kathleen C. Werrell, Assistant Dean, Engineering Outreach
University of Delaware, 102 DuPont Hall, Newark, DE 19716-3101
phone: (302) 831-4863
Related Graduate Renewable Energy Courses
The following courses may be useful for graduate students studying wind energy, but these courses are not a standard part of the Wind Certificate program. In addition, there are many courses at the University of Delaware in solar energy, fuel cells, energy policy, and climate change, as well as the undergrad minor in Sustainable Energy, and a large range of research and associated teaching through the UD Energy Institute.
Conservation and Renewable Energy Policy (MAST/UAPP/POSC-622). Covers a range of engineering, social science and policy theories and topics in conservation and renewable energy. For readings and detailed topics, see the Spring 2007 syllabus. Prof. Willett Kempton.
Electric Power and Renewable Energy Systems (ELEG-667),
Electricity Policy and Planning (ENEP-867).