Aerodynamic Perspectives on Wind Energy Efficiency

Gael De Oliveira Andrade

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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This thesis investigates the efficiency of wind energy conversion from three aerodynamic perspectives. The first, purely theoretical, assumes steady inviscid flow conditions to identify multi-rotor setups that can extract more power per unit area than isolated rotors. The second, more practical perspective, assesses the extent to which site-tailored airfoils could reduce the cost of wind energy. Finally, the third perspective considers data-driven opportunities to better predict airfoil and vortex-generator flows relevant to wind turbine load calculations.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • van Bussel, G.J.W., Supervisor
  • van Oudheusden, B.W., Supervisor
Award date6 May 2019
Print ISBNs9789463840361
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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