Effects of Gurney Flap on the performance of Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbines

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In this paper, a numerical investigation on the effect of gurney ap (GF) on the performance of a diffuser augmented wind turbine (DAWT) is presented. The flow-field around the DAWT is obtained by solving the Reynolds-averaged-Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations. The turbine is modelled as an uniformly loaded actuator disc (AD) that imposes a resistance to the passage of the flow. Comparison of the numerical results with experimental measurements in similar conditions shows that the numerical approach used satisfactorily reproduces the mean flowfield. GF heights equal to 2% and 4% of the diffuser chord length were investigated. Results show that separation induced by GF creates a low pressure region at the diffuser exit, that increases the mass ow through the diffuser and the power coeffcient of the DAWT.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication35th Wind Energy Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationAIAA SciTech Forum, Grapevine, Texas
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-456-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event35th Wind Energy Symposium - Grapevine, United States
Duration: 9 Jan 201713 Jan 2017
Conference number: 35


Conference35th Wind Energy Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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