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Numerical simulations of the aerodynamic behavior of large horizontal-axis wind turbines

Numerical simulations of the aerodynamic behavior of large horizontal-axis wind turbines

Categories Journal Papers
Year 2010
Authors C. G. Gebhardt, S. Preidikman, J. C. Massa
Published In Journal: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Band: 35, Reihe: 35, Seite(n): 6005-6011
Description

In the present work, the non-linear and unsteady aerodynamic behavior of large horizontal-axis wind turbines is analyzed. The flowfield around the wind turbine is simulated with the general non-linear unsteady vortex-lattice method, widely used in aerodynamics. By using this technique, it is possible to compute the aerodynamic loads and their evolution in the time domain. The results presented in this paper help to understand how the existence of the land–surface boundary layer and the presence of the turbine support tower, affect its aerodynamic efficiency. The capability to capture these phenomena is a novel aspect of the computational tool developed in the present effort.

DOI 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2009.12.089