MIRAS is a newly developed computational model that predicts the aerodynamic behavior of wind turbine blades and wakes subject to unsteady motions and viscous effects. The model is based on a three-dimensional panel method using a surface distribution of quadrilateral singularities with a Neumann no penetration condition. Viscous effects inside the boundary layer are taken into account through the coupling with the quasi-3D integral boundary layer solver Q3UIC. A free-wake model is employed to simulate the vorticity released by the blades in the wake. In this paper the new code is validated against measurements and/or CFD simulations for five wind turbine rotors, including three experimental model rotors [20-22], the 2.5 MW NM80 machine  and the NREL 5 MW virtual rotor . Such a broad set of operational conditions and rotor sizes constitutes a very challenging validation matrix, with Reynolds numbers ranging from 5.0·104 to 1.2·107.
Bibliographical noteSpecial issue on aerodynamics of offshore wind energy systems and wakes
- Wind turbine
- Panel method
- Free wake
- Viscous-inviscid interaction
- Integral boundary layer equations