High altitude wind is a major source for renewable energy and kites are a promising technology to exploit this energy. Understanding the flight dynamics of kites is essential for design and implementation of kite power generation and propulsion systems. Important practical questions are concerning the aerodynamic stability and controllability of kites and the optimization of flight trajectories. The focus of the symposium is on modeling, simulation and control aspects covering fast rigid-body methods suitable for real-time control of kites or Design of Experiments as well as detailed multibody methods for flexible kites using advanced aerodynamic load modeling.
The symposium is organized by Roland Schmehl and Jeroen Breukels of the Kite Power research group of the ASSET chair.