Structural Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems


Studying the certificate 'Structural Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems' will provide a knowledge of master's level mathematics and solid mechanics, as well as computational methods used for the structural analysis of wind energy converters for static and dynamic load cases on an expert level. Furthermore, a strong knowledge of the durability, reliability and lifetime of wind turbines will be facilitated. The goal of this certificate is not only to enable engineers to apply existing commercial software packages of structural mechanics in a sophisticated manner as basis for reliable prognoses of the mechanical behavior of wind turbines, but also to improve the quality of numerical methods and to develop more realistic models of wind energy systems. These aspects are fundamental ingredients for the engineering optimization of state-of-the-art wind turbines and their future innovative designs with a higher energy efficiency, lifetime, degree of capacity utilization and robustness with regard to extreme load cases.

Certificate Modules



Solid Mechanics


Linear Computational Structural Mechanics


Non-Linear Computational Structural Mechanics


Strength Durability and Reliability



The participants of this certificate program will learn about classical, current and future numerical methods for the solution of advanced mechanical models of wind turbine structures and structural components. They will also be familiar with the interpretation of stress states in different materials and the consequences for the structural safety and lifetime of wind turbines. They will understand the advantages and disadvantages of models and numerical methods and they will recognize which combinations of models and numerical methods can be efficiently and trustworthily applied for special kinds of structural analyses. Also, the students will be familiar with the limitations of the models and numerical methods and they will overcome these limitations by writing their own partial programs for special tasks in their professional career. Based on their ability to perform realistic simulations of structural behavior of wind turbines, they will be engineers in charge of the design of current wind energy converters, structural safety, new developments of detailed aspects, and general novel designs of wind turbines.

Certificate Fee

€6,000 (30 credits)

How this fits into the master's program


All 30 credits of the certificate 'Structural Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems' will be accepted for the complete master's study program Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems.