Colley, Gareth, Mishra, Rakesh, Rao, H.V. and Woolhead, R. (2009) Performance evaluation of three cross flow vertical axis wind turbine configurations. In: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2009: CEARC’09. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 130-136. ISBN 9781862180857

The performance output of three Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) configurations has been evaluated using a two-dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) model. Data has been obtained using a quasi-steady Multi Reference Frame (MRF) approach in which the three variants were subjected to an inlet velocity of 4m/s and rotor blade tip speed ratios (λ) in the range of 0 to 0.6. The results obtained show a clear reduction in torque output as both the number of stator and rotor blades decrease. Furthermore, the power output of for each configuration reduces as a function of a reduction in number of stator/rotor blades.

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