Summary of the Blind Test Campaign to predict the High Reynolds number performance of DU00-W-210 airfoil

Özlem Ceyhan Yilmaz, Oscar Pires, Xabier Munduate, Niels N. Sørensen, Torben Reichstein, P. Schaffarczyk, Konstantinos Diakakis, Giorgos Papadakis, Elia Daniele, Michael Schwarz, Thorsten Lutz, Raul Prieto

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This paper summarizes the results of a blind test campaign organized in the AVATAR project to predict the high Reynolds number performance of a wind turbine airfoil for wind turbine applications. The DU00-W-210 airfoil was tested in the DNW-HDG pressurized wind tunnel in order to investigate the flow at high Reynolds number range from 3 to 15 million which is the operating condition of the future large 10MW+ offshore wind turbine rotors. The results of the experiment was used in a blind test campaign to test the prediction capability of the CFD tools used in the wind turbine rotor simulations. As a result of the blind test campaign it was found that although the codes are in general capable of predicting increased max lift and decreased minimum drag with Re number, the Re trend predictions in particular the glide ratio (lift over drag) need further improvement. In addition to that, the significant effect of the inflow turbulence on glide ratio especially at high Re numbers is found as the most important parameter where the prediction as well as the selection of the correct inflow turbulence levels is the key for correct airfoil designs for the future generation 10MW+ wind turbine blades.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 35th Wind Energy Symposium
Number of pages12
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Publication date2017
Article number2017-0915
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event35th Wind Energy Symposium - Grapevine, TX, United States
Duration: 9 Jan 201713 Jan 2017
Conference number: 35


Conference35th Wind Energy Symposium
CountryUnited States
CityGrapevine, TX

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