Investigation of Piezoelectric Flaps for Load Alleviation Using CFD

Joachim Christian Heinz

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    Cost efficient wind power generation demands for large wind turbines with a long lifetime. These demands place high interests on sophisticated load control techniques such as deformable trailing edge flaps. In this work a previously tested prototype airfoil was investigated by using the 2D incompressible RANS solver EllipSys2D. The prototype was built with a Risø-B1-18 airfoil where piezoelectric actuators THUNDER TH-6R were attached at the trailing edge to realize a movable flap. The results of the simulation were compared to measurements of the previous wind tunnel test and comprehensive steady state computations were conducted to gain information about the general airfoil properties. The model was subsequently used to investigate aero-servo-elastic effects on the 2D airfoil section exposed to a fluctuating inflow. It is explained how a fluctuating inflow was simulated with EllipSys2D and how the CFD solver was coupled with a 3 DOF structural model and with two different control algorithms. Control 1 used the measured AOA in front of the LE as input, Control 2 used the pressure difference between suction and pressure side as input. The model showed a substantial load reduction potential for the present prototype airfoil. For a wind step from 10 m/s to 10.5 m/s the standard deviation of the structural deflection normal to the rotor plane could be reduced with up to 98 % (Control 1) and 96 % (Control 2). A 4 s turbulent inflow with TI=2.2 % could be reduced with up to 81 % (Control 1) and 82 % (Control 2). For a 12 s inflow with TI=2.4 % the standard deviation could be reduced with up to 68 % (Control 1) and 67 % (Control 2). The influence of possible time lags inside the control loop on the reduction potential of the prototype was also investigated. For a 12 s inflow with a tripled turbulence intensity of TI=7.7 % the prototype airfoil could still reach a reduction of up to 54 %. For an extended flap range of -6 to +6 degrees the reduction could be returned to 66 %.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde, Denmark
    PublisherRisø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy
    Number of pages74
    ISBN (Print)978-87-550-3767-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    SeriesDenmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R


    • Risø-R-1702
    • Risø-R-1702(DAN)

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