This thesis focuses on providing the means to use vertical-axis wind turbines VAWTs in wind farms as an alternative form of harnessing wind energy in offshore and urban environments where both wake and acoustic effects of turbines are important considerations. In order for VAWTs to be used in wind farm layout analysis and optimization, a reduced-order wake model is needed to calculate velocities around a turbine quickly and accurately. However, a VAWT wake model has not been available to accomplish this task. Using vorticity data from computational fluid dynamic CFD simulations of VAWTs and cross-validated Gaussian distribution and polynomial surface fitting, a wake model is produced that can estimate a wake velocity deficit of an isolated VAWT at any downstream and lateral position based on nondimensional parameters describing the turbine speed and geometry. When compared to CFD, which takes over a day to run one simulation, the wake model predicts the velocity deficit at any location with a normalized root mean squared error of 0.
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Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. Dyachuk Published Engineering This thesis combines measurements with the development of simulation tools for vertical axis wind turbines VAWT. Numerical models of aerodynamic blade forces are developed and validated against e
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Jump to navigation. Wind power is typically exemplified by large horizontal axis wind turbines HAWT that can take up acres of space, yet for most densely populated urban areas, these turbines are not practical. Yet in low wind conditions, VAWT are unable to create a substantial amount of energy. This issue can be addressed with the use of piezoelectric ceramics. These ceramics can convert the energy harvested from vibrations into usable electrical energy.
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