Nonlinear Galerkin Methods for the Model Reduction of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems : Revised and expanded version of a contribution to the EUROMECH Coloquium 427, ENS Cachan France, September 2001
Numerical simulations of large nonlinear dynamical systems, especially over long time intervalls, may be computationally very expensive. Model reduction methods have been used in this context for a long time, usually projecting the dynamical system onto a subspace of its phase space. Nonlinear Galerkin methods try to improve on this by projecting onto a submanifold which does not have to be flat. These methods are applied to the finite element model of a windturbine, where both the mechanical and the aerodynamical degrees of freedom can be considered for model reduction. For the internal forces (moments, section forces) the nonlinear Galerkin method gives a considerable increase in accuracy for very little computational cost.