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Design analysis of a smaller-capacity straight-bladed VAWT with an asymmetric airfoil

Islam, Mazharul and Fartaj, Amir and Carriveau, Rupp (2011) Design analysis of a smaller-capacity straight-bladed VAWT with an asymmetric airfoil. International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 30 (3). pp. 179-192. ISSN 1478-6451 E-ISSN 1478-646X

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One of the main challenges of widespread applications of the smaller-capacity straight-bladed vertical axis wind turbine (SB-VAWT) is to design it in a cost-effective manner. The overall cost of the SB-VAWT primarily depends on the proper selection of an appropriate blade shape or airfoil to achieve desired aerodynamic performance. In this article, an attempt has been made to perform detailed design analysis with MI-VAWT1, which is a special purpose airfoil designed for smaller-capacity SB-VAWT. The present investigation has attempted to explore the viability of several innovative design concepts like alternative blade materials and incorporation of wing tip devices to reduce the induced drag of the blades of a SBVAWT. It has been found that blades manufactured from pultruded fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) are superior to conventional aluminium. Also, the aerodynamic performance of MI-VAWT1 is better than that of conventionally used NACA 0015. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7416/56608
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aerodynamic performance,Aerodynamics,Airfoils,Blade shapes,Cost benefit analysis,Design,Design Analysis,Detailed design,Fibre reinforced plastics,Induced drag,Innovative design,Overall costs,Plastics,Renewable energies,Renewable energy,Straight-bladed,Straight-bladed VAWT,Turbomachine blades,Vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT),Vertical axis wind turbines,Wind power,Wind turbine,Wind turbines,airflow,performance assessment
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Mazharul Islam
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 14:24
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2017 14:24
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/56608

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