Vertical-axis wind turbine aerodynamics

D.A.M. De Tavernier*, Carlos Ferreira, Anders Goude

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter highlights the main aerodynamic phenomena and challenges of vertical-axis wind turbines. First, an introduction is provided on the VAWT history and (dis-)advantages. The basics of VAWT aerodynamics and the various rotor simplifications/representations are presented. Further, the state-of-the art aerodynamic modeling techniques, specifically for VAWTs, are discussed. Since VAWTs are inherently unsteady, the main unsteady phenomena that play a crucial role in VAWT aerodynamics are summarized. Finally, wake aerodynamics and the importance of airfoil design for VAWTs are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Wind Energy Aerodynamics
EditorsBernhard Stoevesandt, Gerard Schepers, Peter Fuglsang, Sun Yuping
Number of pages44
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-05455-7
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT)
  • Rotor and wake aerodynamics
  • Unsteady aerodynamics
  • Aerodynamic modelling


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