Finite Element Analysis (FEM) for a "Drag Power" Kite

Lehrstuhl für Windenergie
Bachelor's Thesis / Semester Thesis / Master's Thesis /

Power generating kites have the potential to generate clean energy at a low cost competitive with coal power plants or cheaper without subsidies (see e.g. [1, 2, 3] and references therein). "Drag power" kites generate power with onboard wind turbines and generators by flying fast crosswind motions. Electrical power is transmitted to the ground at a medium voltage level via electric cables in the tether. In this student work, a FEM model of the kite is to set up, based on its CAD model. Static load scenarios based on expected loads from simulations as well as dynamic load scenarios for fatigue analyses are to be designed and set up. The FEM model is to be simpli ed such that the
computational burden can be handled. Based on the results, improvements to the CAD design are to be made and re-evaluated in FEM simulations as well as static load tests on a build kite.



[1] M. Loyd, \Crosswind kite power," Journal of Energy, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 106{111, 1980.
[2] U. Ahrens, M. Diehl, and R. Schmehl, Eds., Airborne Wind Energy, ser. Green Energy and
Technology. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2013.
[3] kiteKRAFT: Website, , accessed: Aug 11, 2019.


This student work will be jointly supervised by the Institute for Electrical Drive Systems and Power Electronics, the Chair of Wind Energy, and the TUM startup kiteKRAFT. The ideal

  • is a student in mechanical engineering or related elds,
  • has good skills/background knowledge in FEM, FEM-software(s), CAD, MATLAB, Office, LaTeX,
  • is motivated in the respective eld of science and engineering,
  • has good English and German language skills.
Possible start
Dr. Filippo Campagnolo
Room: 2732
Phone: 08928916684