Airfoil Design

Christian Bak*

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This chapter describes how to carry out an aerodynamic design of airfoils. Performance measures to use when designing airfoils for wind turbines are described where the focus is on the design of airfoils for horizontal axis wind turbines. Mainly the characteristics to be considered in the airfoil design process is described, where the methods used for numerical optimization are only briefly described. The airfoil performance in relation to wind turbine rotor performance is described with the corresponding objective functions, constraints, and design variables in the design process. Also, the available prediction methods are described briefly. A general description of the setup of the design problem in terms of the objective function, the constraints, and the design variables are given, followed by a simple example of how to handle an airfoil design problem. In the end, an outlook is given.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Wind Energy Aerodynamics
EditorsBernhard Stoevesandt, Gerard Schepers, Peter Fuglsang, Sun Yuping
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-05455-7
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Airfoil
  • Rotor
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Wind turbine
  • Loads


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