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Energies 2015, 8(10), 10684-10717; doi:10.3390/en81010684

A New Approach for Modeling Darrieus-Type Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Rotors Using Electrical Equivalent Circuit Analogy: Basis of Theoretical Formulations and Model Development

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Department des Sciences Appliquées, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, QC G7H 2B1, Canada
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Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rouyn-Noranda, QC J9X 5E4, Canada
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Academic Editor: Frede Blaabjerg
Received: 4 July 2015 / Revised: 12 September 2015 / Accepted: 21 September 2015 / Published: 25 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wind Turbine 2015)

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Models are crucial in the engineering design process because they can be used for both the optimization of design parameters and the prediction of performance. Thus, models can significantly reduce design, development and optimization costs. This paper proposes a novel equivalent electrical model for Darrieus-type vertical axis wind turbines (DTVAWTs). The proposed model was built from the mechanical description given by the Paraschivoiu double-multiple streamtube model and is based on the analogy between mechanical and electrical circuits. This work addresses the physical concepts and theoretical formulations underpinning the development of the model. After highlighting the working principle of the DTVAWT, the step-by-step development of the model is presented. For assessment purposes, simulations of aerodynamic characteristics and those of corresponding electrical components are performed and compared. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind turbines; Darrieus turbine; modeling; electrical equivalent circuit model; aerodynamic characteristics; theoretical formulations; simulation; performance prediction wind turbines; Darrieus turbine; modeling; electrical equivalent circuit model; aerodynamic characteristics; theoretical formulations; simulation; performance prediction
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Tchakoua, P.; Wamkeue, R.; Ouhrouche, M.; Tameghe, T.A.; Ekemb, G. A New Approach for Modeling Darrieus-Type Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Rotors Using Electrical Equivalent Circuit Analogy: Basis of Theoretical Formulations and Model Development. Energies 2015, 8, 10684-10717.

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