Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
Professor Scott Larwood co-authored an article in the Journal Wind Energy with Scott Johnson, C.P. van Dam from UC Davis and Congressman Gerald McNerney. The article, titled "Balancing Fatigue Damage and Turbine Performance Through Innovative Pitch Control Algorithm," evaluated the load limiting algorithm that is used to improve pitch control. It was based on development and testing of a patent held by Congressman McNerney. Larwood continues his research in wind energy, working on a contract with General Electric to further develop analysis methods for swept wind turbine blades. He also is completing evaluation tests of a sensor embedded in a wind turbine blade bolt, along with training an independent-study student to determine wind turbine performance and loads using industry-accepted software.