Numerical investigation of three wind turbine blade tips

J. Johansen, Niels N. Sørensen

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    The complex three-dimensional flow around three different tip shapes on a rotating wind turbine blade is investigated and analyzed using Computational Fluid Dynamics. Differences in production, flapwise bending moments and forces are discussed. A methodfor determining the local inflow angle of attack is presented and further analysis is performed on lift and drag coefficients. It is shown that the original Standard tip results in a more concentrated tip vortex leading to a steeper gradient on bothtangential and normal forces when approaching the tip, whereas the two tapered tips show a more flat behavior. This again leads to lower flapwise bending moments and lower production for the Standard tip compared to the two tapered tips. At 12 m/s,though, the Swept tip shows a separation pattern on the surface. This separation causes a decrease in normal force and an increase in tangential force. The Taper tip keeps the higher loading causing the flapwise bending moment to be higher as seen inmeasurements. To determine the radial variation of lift and drag coefficients the local inflow angle of attack is determined. It is shown that the Standard tip experiences a slightly larger angle of attack at the tip compared to the two tapered tips. Thelift coefficients are kept at a more constant level for the two tapered tips due to the decrease in chord, while the drag coefficients actually decrease for the two tapered tips, especially for the Swept tip. For the Swept tip at 12 m/s both lift and dragcoefficients changed considerably due to the separation. Differences in aerodynamic damping of the three tips were investigated using HAWCDAMP. The Standard tip seems to be slightly less damped with respect to the edgewise vibrations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Print)87-550-3087-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    SeriesDenmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R


    • Risø-R-1353
    • Risø-R-1353(EN)

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