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Scaling utility-scale wind turbines

Scaling utility-scale wind turbines

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This chapter provides guidelines for designing utility-scale wind turbines for wind tunnel testing. While one might think scaling down all dimensions of a utility-scale wind turbine with the same scale factor suffices, the aerodynamic results obtained for such a scale model significantly differ from those of the full-scale turbine. It is essential to scale a turbine so that its power coefficient and tip speed ratio remain unchanged.

Chapter Contents:

  • 3.1 Why test scale Turbines?
  • 3.2 How to properly scale wind turbines for wind tunnel Testing?
  • 3.3 Practical steps for implementation in Python
  • 3.4 Blade element theory when applied to wind turbine scaling
  • 3.5 Blockage corrections for model Turbines
  • 3.6 Summary
  • References

Inspec keywords: wind turbines; aerodynamics; wind tunnels

Other keywords: scale factor suffices; scaling utility-scale wind turbines; full-scale turbine; utility-scale wind turbine; wind tunnel testing; scale model

Subjects: Other topics in statistics; Applied fluid mechanics; Power and plant engineering (mechanical engineering); Mechanical components; Fluid mechanics and aerodynamics (mechanical engineering); Wind power plants

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