On the way to reliable aeroelastic load simulation on VAWT's

Torben J. Larsen, Helge Aagaard Madsen

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In this paper a method for an implementation of a 2D actuator cylinder flow model of an Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) is presented. The model is implemented in a full aeroelastic code including consideration of structural dynamics, dynamic inflow, tower shadow and dynamic stall, which is needed for a full load analysis relating to eg. certification of a VAWT turbine. Further on, principal load cases according to the IEC61400-1 are simulated for a fictitious 5MW VAWT turbine in it’s simplest 2 bladed Darrieus configuration. The IEC61400-1 load cases, originally developed for Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines (HAWT’s), are discussed regarding the application to VAWT’s. Further on a small section regarding aerodynamic flow in curved motion is included.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventEuropean Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition 2013 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 4 Feb 20137 Feb 2013


ConferenceEuropean Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition 2013
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Larsen, T. J., & Aagaard Madsen , H. (2013). On the way to reliable aeroelastic load simulation on VAWT's. Poster session presented at European Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition 2013, Vienna, Austria. http://www.ewea.org/annual2013/