Serrations effect on the aerodynamic performance of wind turbine airfoils

Elena Llorente, Daniele Ragni

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A numerical and experimental analysis of the trailing edge serrations effect on the aerodynamic performance of the NACA643418 airfoil is presented. 3D Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes simulations (RANS) of the flow over the airfoil with and without trailing edge serrations have been carried out with the Transitions SST turbulence model. From these calculations an empirical law for the prediction of the aerodynamic behaviour of the airfoil with serrations is derived. The law is validated through wind tunnel experiments. The NACA643418 airfoil has been tested with trailing edge serrations installed with different flap angles to analyze the effect of the parameter on the performance of the airfoil. Results show that the trailing edge serrations cause a significant increment in lift coefficient with low penalties in drag.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012019
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2019
EventWindEurope Conference and Exhibition 2019 - Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 2 Apr 20194 Apr 2019

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