Flow field and performance study of vertical axis Savonius type SST wind turbine

Al-Faruk, Abdullah and Sharifian, Ahmad (2017) Flow field and performance study of vertical axis Savonius type SST wind turbine. Energy Procedia, 110. pp. 235-242.

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It has been suggested that waste heats or naturally available heat sources can be utilized to produce swirling flow by a design similar to that of split channels which is currently used to initiate fire whirls in laboratories. A new hybrid power system has been proposed combining the conventional Savonius wind turbine and split channel mechanisms. Previous computational and experimental works indicate a performance improvement in the new hybrid design (named as swirling Savonius turbine, SST) compared to the conventional Savonius turbine. However, the lack of detailed descriptions of the flow field around the swirling
Savonius turbine inhibits complete understanding of performance of the hybrid power system. The aim of this study is to numerically explore the three-dimensional unsteady flow around the rotor, and develop a simulation method for predicting their aerodynamic performance using control volume based CFD package of ANSYS CFX. Sliding mesh feature of CFX allowed to solve the motion of the moving blades. Numerical simulations results of SST were compared with the experimental results. A discussion on the detailed flow field characteristics, including velocity vector, velocity streamlines, pressure distribution, vorticity analysis, and examination of power and torque coefficients behavior are presented.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Part of special issue: 1st International Conference on Energy and Power, ICEP2016, 14-16 December 2016, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2017 01:49
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 01:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: wind energy; Savonius wind turbine; split channel; swirling flow; power coefficient; CFD
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090101 Aerodynamics (excl. Hypersonic Aerodynamics)
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091305 Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.133
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31419

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