Five Megawatt Wind Turbine Power Output Improvements by Passive Flow Control Devices
AbstractThe effects of two types of flow control devices, vortex generators (VGs) and Gurney flaps (GFs), on the power output performance of a multi-megawatt horizontal axis wind turbine is presented. To that end, an improved blade element momentum (BEM)-based solver has been developed and BEM-based computations have been carried out on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 5 MW baseline wind turbine. The results obtained from the clean wind turbine are compared with the ones obtained from the wind turbine equipped with the flow control devices. A significant increase in the average wind turbine power output has been found for all of the flow control device configurations and for the wind speed realizations studied in the present work. Furthermore, a best configuration case is proposed which has the largest increase of the average power output. In that case, increments on the average power output of 10.4% and 3.5% have been found at two different wind speed realizations. The thrust force and bending moment in the root of the blade have also been determined and compared with the values of the clean wind turbine. A residual increase in the bending moment of less than 1% has been found. View Full-Text
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Fernandez-Gamiz, U.; Zulueta, E.; Boyano, A.; Ansoategui, I.; Uriarte, I. Five Megawatt Wind Turbine Power Output Improvements by Passive Flow Control Devices. Energies 2017, 10, 742.
Fernandez-Gamiz U, Zulueta E, Boyano A, Ansoategui I, Uriarte I. Five Megawatt Wind Turbine Power Output Improvements by Passive Flow Control Devices. Energies. 2017; 10(6):742.Chicago/Turabian Style
Fernandez-Gamiz, Unai; Zulueta, Ekaitz; Boyano, Ana; Ansoategui, Igor; Uriarte, Irantzu. 2017. "Five Megawatt Wind Turbine Power Output Improvements by Passive Flow Control Devices." Energies 10, no. 6: 742.
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