Computational Fluid Dynamics of a Wind TurbinePublic
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Currently, it is difficult to determine wind speed or power output for a proposed wind turbine without on-site wind speed data and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis software. Our Major Qualifying Project is to analyze the results from SolidWorkss Flow Simulation package and the data that was collected from a custom designed and manufactured wind turbine test rig. To do this, air was rotated through modeled wind turbine blades in the CFD simulations. We found there is a constant ratio between the slopes of the free-spinning and max power RPM trend lines of the blades. On-site, an anemometer collected local wind speeds while a free spinning wind turbine test rig measured the RPM. We found that a lighter wind turbine is more efficient because of a faster spool up time.
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