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Aerodynamic Design of a Small-Scale Model of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

Fluid Mechanics Area, Department of Energy, University of Oviedo, C/ Wifredo Ricart, s/n, Edificio Departmental Este, Campus Universitario, 33204 Gijón, Spain
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Presented at the 2nd International Research Conference on Sustainable Energy, Engineering, Materials and Environment (IRCSEEME), Mieres, Spain, 25–27 July 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(23), 1465; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2231465
Published: 1 November 2018
Wind tunnel testing of small-scale models is one of the most useful techniques to predict the performance of real-scale applications. In this work, the aerodynamic design and the construction of a small-scale model of a straight-bladed vertical axis wind turbine for wind tunnel testing has been performed. Using a double multiple streamtube model (DMST), different solidity values for the turbine and different airfoil geometries were compared to select the final design. Once an optimal design was selected, a numerical simulation using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) was performed in order to obtain a more precise description of the flow field as well as the performance of the model. Future work will comprise the characterization of the model and the comparison of the experimental and numerical results.
Keywords: vertical-axis wind turbine; prototype design; wind tunnel testing vertical-axis wind turbine; prototype design; wind tunnel testing
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Meana-Fernández, A.; Fernández Oro, J.M.; Argüelles Díaz, K.M.; Galdo-Vega, M.; Velarde-Suárez, S. Aerodynamic Design of a Small-Scale Model of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine. Proceedings 2018, 2, 1465.

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