MODIFICATION OF BLADE CHORD INFLUENCE ON THE PERFORMANCE AERODYNAMICS OF VERTICAL AXIS WIND TURBINES

  • Okeoghene Eboibi Department of Mechanical Engineering Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro Nigeria.
Keywords: CP, Performance, VAWT, blade chord, tip speed ratio

Abstract

Performance aerodynamics of VAWTs is given important considerations whenchoosing design parameters for the manufacturing of VAWT to effectively and efficiently perform after installation. Blade chord is amongst the many design parameters that can affect the CP of VAWTs in relation to wind harvest and energy yield. This study examines the influenceblade chord modification can have on the PA of wind turbines. The VAWT blade chord of NACA0022 was modified and two configurations of rotors, one with C = 0.03m and the other of C = 0.04m were tested in a low speed and low turbulent intensitytunnel at several wind speeds. An appropriate performance measuring techniques was used to conduct the tests on the two VAWT configurations. The results showed substantial differences in the measured performance efficiency of the two configurations. The two rotorsreached peak performances at the highest tested freestream speed of 8 m/s. The VAWT configuration of C = 0.04m attained higher performance with peak CP = 0.326 at λ = 3.75 while the C = 0.03m showed lower peak CP = 0.26. Changes in the CPwere seen in relation to changes in the free wind speeds.Also the peakperformanceschanged positively as the wind speed is increased. The curves of plot of the CP - λ is observed to close up at region of the peak performances. The CP, the performance efficiency and aerodynamics of the two rotors and configurations are shown tohave been visibly affected bythe modification of the blade chord.

Published
2022-06-28
How to Cite
Eboibi, O. (2022). MODIFICATION OF BLADE CHORD INFLUENCE ON THE PERFORMANCE AERODYNAMICS OF VERTICAL AXIS WIND TURBINES. LAUTECH Journal of Engineering and Technology, 16(2), 72-86. Retrieved from http://laujet.com/index.php/laujet/article/view/506