TY - GEN

T1 - Torque and power coefficients of a vertical axis wind turbine with optimal pitch control

AU - Chen, Jim Shih Jiun

AU - Chen, Zhi

AU - Biswas, Saroj

AU - Miau, Jiun Jih

AU - Hsieh, Cheng Han

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) have been valued in recent years for their low manufacturing cost, structural simplicity and convenience of applications in urban settings. Despite their advantages, VAWTs have several drawbacks including low power coefficient, poor self-starting ability, negative torque and the associated cyclic stress at certain azimuth angles. Using pitch control ideas, our research is aimed at solving the above problems. In this study, a small-scale Giromill VAWT using three NACA-0015 airfoils with a cord length of 0.09 m and a wind turbine radius of 0.6 m is investigated. During each rotation, the angle of attack depends on the wind velocity, angular velocity and current azimuth angle for each turbine blade. Negative torques at certain angles are attributed to the inherent unsteady aerodynamic behavior at high angles of attack. Without optimal pitch control, the Double-Multiple Streamtube (DMS) model predicts negative torques at certain azimuth angles and very low power coefficients for tip speed ratios below 2.5. The unfavorable negative torques are eliminated using an optimal pitch control strategy, which maximizes the tangential force coefficients and thus the torque coefficients by iterations of all possible relative angles of attack for various tip speed ratios. As a result, the power coefficient is significantly improved especially at low tip speed ratios in the range of zero to three (Λ = 0 - 3). Blade pitch control can also solve the self-starting problem and reduce the vibration of vertical axis wind turbines.

AB - Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) have been valued in recent years for their low manufacturing cost, structural simplicity and convenience of applications in urban settings. Despite their advantages, VAWTs have several drawbacks including low power coefficient, poor self-starting ability, negative torque and the associated cyclic stress at certain azimuth angles. Using pitch control ideas, our research is aimed at solving the above problems. In this study, a small-scale Giromill VAWT using three NACA-0015 airfoils with a cord length of 0.09 m and a wind turbine radius of 0.6 m is investigated. During each rotation, the angle of attack depends on the wind velocity, angular velocity and current azimuth angle for each turbine blade. Negative torques at certain angles are attributed to the inherent unsteady aerodynamic behavior at high angles of attack. Without optimal pitch control, the Double-Multiple Streamtube (DMS) model predicts negative torques at certain azimuth angles and very low power coefficients for tip speed ratios below 2.5. The unfavorable negative torques are eliminated using an optimal pitch control strategy, which maximizes the tangential force coefficients and thus the torque coefficients by iterations of all possible relative angles of attack for various tip speed ratios. As a result, the power coefficient is significantly improved especially at low tip speed ratios in the range of zero to three (Λ = 0 - 3). Blade pitch control can also solve the self-starting problem and reduce the vibration of vertical axis wind turbines.

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U2 - 10.1115/POWER2010-27224

DO - 10.1115/POWER2010-27224

M3 - Conference contribution

AN - SCOPUS:80053121758

SN - 9780791849354

T3 - American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Power Division (Publication) POWER

SP - 655

EP - 662

BT - ASME 2010 Power Conference, POWER 2010

T2 - ASME 2010 Power Conference, POWER 2010

Y2 - 13 July 2010 through 15 July 2010

ER -