This work analyses the link between the aspect ratio of a vertical-axis straight-bladed (H-Rotor) wind turbine and its performance (power coefficient). The aspect ratio of this particular wind turbine is defined as the ratio between blade length and rotor radius. Since the aspect ratio variations of a vertical-axis wind turbine cause Reynolds number varia- tions, any changes in the power coefficient can also be studied to derive how aspect ratio variations affect turbine perfor- mance. Using a calculation code based on the Multiple Stream Tube Model, symmetrical straight-bladed wind turbine per- formance was evaluated as aspect ratio varied. This numerical analysis highlighted how turbine performance is strongly influenced by the Reynolds number of the rotor blade. From a geometrical point of view, as aspect ratio falls, the Reynolds number rises which improves wind turbine performance.

Design of a vertical-axis wind turbine: how the aspect ratio affects the turbine’s performance

BRUSCA, SEBASTIAN;LANZAFAME, ROSARIO;
2014-01-01

Abstract

This work analyses the link between the aspect ratio of a vertical-axis straight-bladed (H-Rotor) wind turbine and its performance (power coefficient). The aspect ratio of this particular wind turbine is defined as the ratio between blade length and rotor radius. Since the aspect ratio variations of a vertical-axis wind turbine cause Reynolds number varia- tions, any changes in the power coefficient can also be studied to derive how aspect ratio variations affect turbine perfor- mance. Using a calculation code based on the Multiple Stream Tube Model, symmetrical straight-bladed wind turbine per- formance was evaluated as aspect ratio varied. This numerical analysis highlighted how turbine performance is strongly influenced by the Reynolds number of the rotor blade. From a geometrical point of view, as aspect ratio falls, the Reynolds number rises which improves wind turbine performance.
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