The present paper aims at describing and comparing different small Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) architectures, in terms of performance and loads. These characteristics can be highlighted by resorting to the Blade Element-Momentum (BE-M) model, commonly adopted for rotor pre-design and controller assessment. After validating the model with experimental data, the paper focuses on the analysis of VAWT loads depending on some relevant rotor features: blade number (2 and 3), airfoil camber line (comparing symmetrical and asymmetrical profiles) and blade inclination (straight versus helical blade). The effect of such characteristics on both power and thrusts (in the streamwise direction and in the crosswise one) as a function of both the blades azimuthal position and their Tip Speed Ratio (TSR) are presented and widely discussed.

Analysis of Different Blade Architectures on small VAWT Performance / Battisti, Lorenzo; Brighenti, Alessandra; Benini, Enrico; Raciti Castelli, Marco. - In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. CONFERENCE SERIES. - ISSN 1742-6588. - 753:6(2016). [http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/753/6/062009]

Analysis of Different Blade Architectures on small VAWT Performance

Battisti, Lorenzo;Brighenti, Alessandra;Benini, Enrico;Raciti Castelli, Marco
2016

Abstract

The present paper aims at describing and comparing different small Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) architectures, in terms of performance and loads. These characteristics can be highlighted by resorting to the Blade Element-Momentum (BE-M) model, commonly adopted for rotor pre-design and controller assessment. After validating the model with experimental data, the paper focuses on the analysis of VAWT loads depending on some relevant rotor features: blade number (2 and 3), airfoil camber line (comparing symmetrical and asymmetrical profiles) and blade inclination (straight versus helical blade). The effect of such characteristics on both power and thrusts (in the streamwise direction and in the crosswise one) as a function of both the blades azimuthal position and their Tip Speed Ratio (TSR) are presented and widely discussed.
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Battisti, Lorenzo; Brighenti, Alessandra; Benini, Enrico; Raciti Castelli, Marco
Analysis of Different Blade Architectures on small VAWT Performance / Battisti, Lorenzo; Brighenti, Alessandra; Benini, Enrico; Raciti Castelli, Marco. - In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. CONFERENCE SERIES. - ISSN 1742-6588. - 753:6(2016). [http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/753/6/062009]
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