An engineering model for the induction of crosswind kite power systems

Mac Gaunaa*, Alexander Meyer Forsting, Filippo Trevisi

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    The present paper introduces a new, physically consistent definition of effective induction that should be used in engineering models for power kite performance that use aerodynamic coefficients for the wing. It is argued that in such cases it is physically inconsistent to use disc-based induction models – like momentum models – and thus a new, physically consistent induction model using vortex theory methodology is derived. Simulation results using the new induction model are compared to the previously often used momentum method and Actuator Line (AL) CFD simulations. The comparison shows that the new vortex based model is in much better agreement with the AL results than the momentum method. The new model is as computationally light as the momentum induction method.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number032010
    Book seriesJournal of Physics: Conference Series
    Issue number3
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    EventTORQUE 2020 - Online event, Netherlands
    Duration: 28 Sept 20202 Oct 2020


    ConferenceTORQUE 2020
    LocationOnline event
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