Analysis of winglets and sweep on wind turbine blades using a lifting line vortex particle method in complex inflow conditions: Paper

Matias Sessarego*, Néstor Ramos García, Wen Zhong Shen

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An in-house aero-elastic vortex code, called MIRAS, is used to investigate the aerodynamic performance of winglets and sweep on horizontal-axis wind turbine (HAWT) blades in simple and complex inflow conditions. Previous studies using vortex codes applied to study winglets and blade sweep on HAWTs have typically not considered complex inflow conditions such as turbulent wind and shear. The reasons may include the absence of modeling capability, the computational cost associated with simulating long turbulent time series, and/or the computational cost associated with resolving the blade tips to a very fine level. A preliminary study is performed here, where the MIRAS code is applied on the NREL 5MW wind turbine with an arbitrary winglet shape and blade sweep. Results indicate that wind turbine blades with sweep or winglets might be better in performance compared to their straight blade counterparts.
Original languageEnglish
Article number022021
Book seriesJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number2
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe Science of Making Torque from Wind 2018 - Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Milan, Italy
Duration: 20 Jun 201822 Jun 2018
Conference number: 7


ConferenceThe Science of Making Torque from Wind 2018
LocationPolitecnico di Milano (POLIMI)
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