Prediction of the aerodynamic performance of the Mexico rotor by using airfoil data extracted from CFD

Hua Yang, Wen Zhong Shen, Haoran Xu, Zedong Hong, Chao Liu

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Abstract

Blade Element Momentum (BEM) theory is a widely used technique for prediction of wind turbine aerodynamics performance, but the reliability of airfoil data is an important factor to improve the prediction accuracy of aerodynamic loads and power using a BEM code. The airfoil characteristics used in BEM codes are mostly based on 2D wind tunnel measurements of airfoils with constant span. However, a BEM code using airfoil data obtained directly from 2D wind tunnel measurements will not yield the correct loading and power. As a consequence, 2D airfoil characteristics have to be corrected by using some models before they can be used in a BEM code. In this article, the airfoil data for the MEXICO (Model EXperiments in Controlled cOnditions) rotor are extracted from CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) results. The azimuthally averaged velocity is used as the sectional velocity to define the angle of attack and the coefficient of lift and drag is determined by the forces on the blade. The extracted airfoil data are put into a BEM code without corrections of rotational or tip effects, and the calculated axial and tangential forces are compared to both computations using BEM with Shen’s tip loss correction models and experimental data. The comparisons show that the present method of determination of angle of attack is correct, and the re-calculated forces have good agreements with the experiment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 International Conference on aerodynamics of Offshore Wind Energy Systems and wakes (ICOWES2013)
EditorsWenZhong Shen
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Publication date2013
Pages347-357
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference on aerodynamics of Offshore Wind Energy Systems and wakes (ICOWES 2013) - Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 17 Jun 201319 Jun 2013

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on aerodynamics of Offshore Wind Energy Systems and wakes (ICOWES 2013)
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityLyngby
Period17/06/201319/06/2013

Keywords

  • Wind turbine
  • Rotor aerodynamics
  • Airfoil data

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