KNOW-BLADE task-3.3 report: Rotor blade computations with 3D vortex generators

J. Johansen, Niels N. Sørensen, M. Reck, M.O.L. Hansen, A. Stuermer, J. Ramboer, C. Hirsch, J. Ekaterinaris, S. Voutsinas, Y. Perivolaris

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    Abstract

    The present report describes the work done in work package WP3.3: Aerodynamic Accessories in 3D in the EC project KNOW-BLADE. Vortex generators (VGs) are modelled in 3D Navier-Stokes solvers and applied on the flow around an airfoil and a wind turbineblade. Three test cases have been investigated. They are: 1) A non-rotating airfoil section with VGs. 2) A rotating airfoil section with VGs. 3) A non-rotating wind turbine blade with VGs. The airfoil section was the FFA-W3-241 airfoil, which has beenmeasured in the VELUX wind tunnel with and without VGs placed at different chord wise positions. Three of the partners have modelled the airfoil section as a thin airfoil section with symmetry boundary conditions in the span wise direction to simulate anarray of VGs. The wind turbine blade is the LM19.1 blade equipped with one pair of VGs placed at radius = 8.5 m. In general all partners have successfully modelled vortex generators in 3D, which eventually generates vortices and mixes the boundary layer.A large effort has been on generating the numerical meshes since this is a relatively complex configuration and a large variation of length and time scales is present. Even though the quantitative agreement with measurements is not acceptable the effortspend in the present project indicate that it is possible to investigate the effect of vortex generators on wind turbine blades using 3D Navier-Stokes solvers. Much further work within independence of mesh resolution and time step as well as turbulencemodelling has to be carried out in future projects before parametric variations can be investigated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages65
    ISBN (Print)87-550-3386-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    SeriesDenmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R
    Number1486(EN)
    ISSN0106-2840

    Keywords

    • Risø-R-1486
    • Risø-R-1486(EN)

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