Aerodynamic characteristics of wind turbine blade airfoils

W. A. Timmer*, Christian Bak*

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This chapter focuses on airfoils for wind turbine blades and their characteristics. The use of panel codes such as XFOIL and RFOIL and CFD codes for the prediction of airfoil characteristics is briefly described. This chapter then discusses the requirements for wind turbine blade airfoils and the effect of leading edge roughness and Reynolds number. After a description of how airfoils can be tested, this chapter discusses methods to represent airfoil characteristics at high angles of attack. A number of methods for correcting characteristics for the effect of three-dimensional flow on the blade are presented. This chapter then discusses ways to establish a data set for blade design and concludes with a view on future research in the field of wind turbine blade airfoils.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Wind Turbine Blade Design and Materials
EditorsPovl Brøndsted, Stergios Goutianos, Rogier Nijssen
Number of pages39
Publication date2023
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-08-103007-3
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesWoodhead Publishing Series in Energy


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