The influence of wing twist on pressure distribution and flow topology

Janik Kiefer*, N N Sørensen, M Hultmark, Martin Otto Laver Hansen

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Empirical data serve as the foundation to computational modeling in the initial stages of the wind turbine design process. In case of aerodynamic simulations, the empirical input is comprised of lift and drag data obtained in quasi two-dimensional wind tunnel tests. In the simulations, the global flow over an entire blade is finally approximated as a spatial summation of the obtained 2-D data, which stands in strong contrast to the true operation of a wind turbine and consequently leads to a higher level of uncertainty. Especially, the near-root region of the blade experiences highly three-dimensional flow conditions, particularly in regions of the blade where the flow separates from the airfoil. This study aims to accentuate the difference between airfoil data obtained in quasi two-dimensional wind tunnel tests compared to airfoil data from a wing with an imposed three-dimensional spanwise pressure gradient. For this, a geometrically altered wing section with a spanwise twist is tested in a wind tunnel and compared to CFD computations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number022036
Book seriesJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number2
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe Science of Making Torque from Wind 2018 - Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Milan, Italy
Duration: 20 Jun 201822 Jun 2018
Conference number: 7


ConferenceThe Science of Making Torque from Wind 2018
LocationPolitecnico di Milano (POLIMI)
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