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... The torque coefficient (C m ) is usually expressed as [48]: ...
... The power coefficient (C p ) is the ratio of output power to input power, and is calculated as shown in equation (4) [48]. The value of C p is the most prominent factor in determining the performance of a SHKT, and hence has been used as the basis of optimization in the present work. ...
... The numerical simulation was performed in ANSYS Fluent 19.2. The modelling consists of continuity and momentum equation along with Fig. 2. Parameters of SHKT turbulence model equation, given as follows [48,50]: ...
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... They also developed a correlation for a single stage modified savonius rotor to predict the moment coefficient in terms of Reynolds number and tip speed ratio. El-Baz et al. [9] investigated the performance of a three-rotor savonius turbine using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The results showed that the average moment coefficient and the power coefficient of the three-rotor turbine are higher than those of the single rotor turbine. ...
... Sliding mesh model is applied to obtain the rotating motion of the turbine. The enhanced wall function method is applied to ensure the precise resolution of the boundary layer prediction [9]. The wall function approach requires the dimensionless distance of the first grid point from the wall (y+) to be greater than 30, which is used in the present work. ...
... The torque coefficient is getting stable and constant after 130,000 cells and whatever the increase in a number of cells. Moreover, the time step size is considered as in El-Baz et al. [9]. ...
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... Patel et al. [14] have also carried out experimental investigation to obtain the optimum stream wise and span wise distance on the performance of the Darrieus type of hydrokinetic turbine. Similarly, El-Baz et al. [15] have suggest the improved three rotor configuration with CFD simulations for Savonius wind turbine application. ...
... Different correction methodologies are reviewed by Ross and Altman [15] to study the influence of blockage. Maskell [26] has studied the influence of blockage for bluff bodies. ...
... Alexander provided an improved method of Maskell's method by comparing the drag of flat plates normal to the free stream with the drag of Savonius turbines normal to the free stream [13]. The graphical relationship for the Savonius turbines indicated by Ross and Altman [15] is digitized and with appropriate curve fitting, following relation is obtained between m and blockage ratio (BR) [5]. Eq. (120), corrected local velocity is obtained by the Eq. ...
... It was deduced that the torque generated from the wind turbine is directly proportional to the cube of rotor diameter, while the aerodynamic forces increase with the square of the diameter [9]. New wind turbines designs were proposed and studied for the same purpose of ameliorating their efficiency [10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]. El-Baz et al. [11] suggested an optimized Savonius wind turbine system design comprising three turbine rotors arranged in a triangular pattern. ...
... New wind turbines designs were proposed and studied for the same purpose of ameliorating their efficiency [10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]. El-Baz et al. [11] suggested an optimized Savonius wind turbine system design comprising three turbine rotors arranged in a triangular pattern. They found that the performance was improved significantly compared with the single rotor design. ...
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... Shigetomi et al. [33] studied the interaction of flow fields around two Savonius turbines. El-Baz et al. [34] reported 44% increase in power coefficient, when three Savonius turbines were arranged in a triangular pattern. Tartuferiet al. [34] investigated the effect of blade shapes. ...
... El-Baz et al. [34] reported 44% increase in power coefficient, when three Savonius turbines were arranged in a triangular pattern. Tartuferiet al. [34] investigated the effect of blade shapes. The optimized blade shape can achieve a maximum C p of 0.301 and curtain systems increased the power output by 20%. ...
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... Another disadvantage of drag turbines is the efficient use of half of the space occupied by the rotor. Although wind technology begins with drag-type mills, in practice, these inherent flaws have hindered the development of more advanced species [40,41] . ...
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... Another disadvantage of drag turbines is the efficient use of half of the space occupied by the rotor. Although wind technology begins with drag-type mills, in practice, these inherent flaws have hindered the development of more advanced species [40,41] . ...
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p> Increased concern for the environment has led to the search for more environment-friendly energy sources so that wind energy can be used as an endless option for human consumption. Wind turbines offer a promising solution for off-grid areas. However, they have certain drawbacks associated with different configurations. Darrieus turbine is one type that can be more efficient than other types. The poor start-up performance of Darrieus turbines is one of the critical problems restricting its development. Another problem of this kind of wind turbine is tackled by identifying the optimization parameters, such as complex flow dynamics around the system. The present article reviews modeling vertical axis turbines methods and discusses the turbine’s operation by presenting the results of these methods. In this review, the authors have attempted to compile the main aerodynamic models that have been used for performance prediction and design of straight-bladed Darrieus-type VAWT. The main object of this study is to research the advantages and disadvantages of wind turbine modeling methods, and the selection of these methods depends on the purpose of the modeling. </p
... The ANSYS Fluent 19.2 simulation software was used for the calculations. Equations of continuity and momentum, as well as the turbulence model, are used in this modelling, given as follows [35,36]: ...
... Another disadvantage of drag turbines is the efficient use of half of the space occupied by the rotor. Although wind technology began with drag-type mills, in practice, these inherent flaws have hindered the development of more advanced species [13,14]. ...
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... The man-made irrigation channel is suitable for hydrokinetic power generation due to availability of sufficient water velocity, depth of water, and less debris (leaves, branches, logs) (Aisenbiey et al., 1978;Anyi and Kirke, 2010;Kerikous and Thévenin, 2019a;Khan et al., 2008;Kumar and Saini, 2016;Patel et al., 2016;Salleh et al., 2019). A small scale independent, pressure-driven Savonius turbine (Wahyudi et al., 2015;Yao et al., 2013) can be utilized to produce electrical power for domestic applications, like water pumps, charging batteries, fueling broadcast communications, and a few other low power applications (Al-Bahadly, 2009;Birjandi et al., 2013;Doso and Gao, 2020;El-Baz et al., 2015;Menet and Bourabaa, 2004;Patel et al., 2016;Ramadan et al., 2020). Since its invention in 1920, many efforts were carried out to enhance the turbine performance. ...
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... An up to 37% increase in C P was obtained for the optimal cluster at a TSR of 0.8. El-Baz et al. [25] investigated the performance of a three Savonius turbine cluster located in a specific isosceles triangle with the same initial phase angle and speed, but the rotational directions of turbines are different. An increase of up to 44% in C P was obtained, compared with that of an isolated turbine, and the evident performance improvement was attributed to the high-speed flow accelerated by the favorable interaction between turbines. ...
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... The lift-type VAWT with a high speed has excellent aerodynamic characteristics at a high wind speed, while its starting characteristics are always unsatisfactory [7,8], which results in unsatisfactory aerodynamic characteristics of this type of wind turbine [9][10][11][12]. The drag VAWT has a suitable starting moment at a low wind speed, but the low revolving speed is unable to surpass the wind speed; thus, it is a sub-wind speed rotor, whose power coefficient of wind energy is lower at a high tip speed ratio [13][14][15][16][17]. In view of the characteristics of the two types of VAWTs, in order to develop their application, a large number of scholars are devoted to combining the two types by using a VAWT with semi-circular or savonius drag blades as the built-in starter of a lift-type VAWT to compose a lift-drag combined one, thereby optimizing the starting characteristics of the lift-type VAWT to enhance the performance of the VAWT. ...
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... Bu arada, rotor tasarımı araştırmalarında ise El-Baz vd. [17] yeni bir tasarım olarak üçgen bir modele göre yapılan üç-rotorlu Savonius tipi türbin geliştirdiklerini yayımlamışlardır. Bu yeni tasarımın tek rotora sahip tasarımlardan daha yüksek güç katsayılarına sahip oldukları sunulmuştur. ...
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... Bu arada, rotor tasarımı araştırmalarında ise El-Baz vd. [17] yeni bir tasarım olarak üçgen bir modele göre yapılan üç-rotorlu Savonius tipi türbin geliştirdiklerini yayımlamışlardır. Bu yeni tasarımın tek rotora sahip tasarımlardan daha yüksek güç katsayılarına sahip oldukları sunulmuştur. ...
... The most recent approach to VAWT related with the number of blades was made by [16] and further research to improve the drag wind turbine performance was done by [17]. ...
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When compared with of other wind turbine the Savonius wind rotor offers lower performance in terms of power coefficient, on the other hand it offers a number of advantages as it is extremely simple to built, it is self-starting and it has no need to be oriented in the wind direction. Although it is well suited to be integrated in urban environment as mini or micro wind turbine it is inappropriate when high power is requested. For this reason several studies have been carried-out in recent years in order to improve its aerodynamic performance. The aim of this research is to gain an insight into the complex flow field developing around a Savonius wind rotor and to evaluate its performance. A mathematical model of the interaction between the flow field and the rotor blades was developed and validated by comparing its results with data obtained at Environmental Wind Tunnel (EWT) laboratory of the “Polytechnic University of Marche”.
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Fifteen configurations of a Savonius rotor wind turbine were tested in the Vought Corporation Systems Division 4.9- x 6.1-m Low Speed Wind Tunnel to determine aerodynamic performance. The range of values of the varied parameters was as follows: number of buckets, 2 and 3; nominal freestream velocity, 7 and 14 m/s; Reynolds number per meter, 4.32 x 10/sup 5/ and 8.67 x 10/sup 5/; rotor height, 1 and 1.5 m; rotor diameter (nominal), 1 m; bucket overlap, 0.0 to 0.1 m. The measured test variables were torque, rotational speed, and tunnel conditions. It is concluded that increasing Reynolds number and/or aspect ratio improves performance. The recommended configuration consists of two sets of two-bucket rotors, rotated 90 deg apart, with each rotor having a dimensionless gap width of 0.1 to 0.15.
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Due to the worldwide energy crisis, research and development activities in the field of renewable energy have been considerably increased in many countries. Wind energy is becoming particularly important. Although considerable progress have already been achieved, the available technical design is not yet adequate to develop reliable wind energy converters for conditions corresponding to low wind speeds and urban areas. The Savonius turbine appears to be particularly promising for such conditions, but suffers from a poor efficiency. The present study considers a considerably improved design in order to increase the output power of a classical Savonius turbine. In previous works, the efficiency of the classical Savonius turbine has been increased by placing in an optimal manner an obstacle plate shielding the returning blade. The present study now aims at improving further the output power of the Savonius turbine as well as the static torque, which measures the self-starting capability of the turbine. In order to achieve both objectives, the geometry of the blade shape (skeleton line) is now optimized in presence of the obstacle plate. Six free parameters are considered in this optimization process, realized by coupling an in-house optimization library (OPAL, relying in the present case on Evolutionary Algorithms) with an industrial flow simulation code (ANSYS-Fluent). The target function is the output power coefficient. Compared to a standard Savonius turbine, a relative increase of the power output coefficient by almost 40% is finally obtained at λ = 0.7. The performance increase exceeds 30% throughout the useful operating range. Finally, the static torque is investigated and found to be positive at any angle, high enough to obtain self-starting conditions.
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Due to the worldwide energy crisis, research and development activities in the field of renewable energy have been considerably increased in many countries. In Germany, wind energy is becoming particularly important. Although considerable progress has already been achieved, the available technical design is not yet adequate to develop reliable wind energy converters for conditions corresponding to low wind speeds and urban areas. The Savonius turbine appears to be particularly promising for such conditions, but suffers from a poor efficiency. The present study considers a considerably improved design in order to increase the output power of a Savonius turbine with either two or three blades. In addition, the improved design leads to a better self-starting capability. To achieve these objectives, the position of an obstacle shielding the returning blade of the Savonius turbine and possibly leading to a better flow orientation toward the advancing blade is optimized. This automatic optimization is carried out by coupling an in-house optimization library (OPAL) with an industrial flow simulation code (ANSYS-Fluent). The optimization process takes into account the output power coefficient as target function, considers the position and the angle of the shield as optimization parameters, and relies on Evolutionary Algorithms. A considerable improvement of the performance of Savonius turbines can be obtained in this manner, in particular a relative increase of the power output coefficient by more than 27%. It is furthermore demonstrated that the optimized configuration involving a two-blade rotor is better than the three-blade design.
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The use of a Savonius type of vertical axis wind turbine is expanding in urban environments as a result of its ability to withstand turbulence as well as its relatively quiet operation. In the past, single turbine performance has been investigated primarily for determining the optimum blade configuration. In contrast, combining multiple Savonius turbines in the horizontal plane produces extra power in particular configurations. This results from the interaction between the two flow fields around individual turbines. To understand quantitatively the interaction mechanism, we measured the flow field around two Savonius turbines in close configurations using particle image velocimetry. The phase-averaged flow fields with respect to the rotation angle of the turbines revealed two types of power-improvement interactions. One comes from the Magnus effect that bends the main stream behind the turbine to provide additional rotation of the downstream turbine. The other is obtained from the periodic coupling of local flow between the two turbines, which is associated with vortex shedding and cyclic pressure fluctuations. Use of this knowledge will assist the design of packaged installations of multiple Savonius turbines.
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A new k-[epsilon] eddy viscosity model, which consists of a new model dissipation rate equation and a new realizable eddy viscosity formulation, is proposed in this paper. The new model dissipation rate equation is based on the dynamic equation of the mean-square vorticity fluctuation at large turbulent Reynolds number. The new eddy viscosity formulation is based on the realizability constraints; the positivity of normal Reynolds stresses and the Schwarz' inequality for turbulent shear stresses. We find that the present model with a set of unified model coefficients can perform well for a variety of flows. The flows that are examined include: (i) rotating homogeneous shear flows; (ii) boundary-free shear flows including a mixing layer, planar and round jets; (iii) a channel flow, and flat plate boundary layers with and without a pressure gradient; and (iv) backward facing step separated flows. The model predictions are compared with available experimental data. The results from the standard k-[epsilon]
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Modern wind farms comprised of horizontal-axis wind turbines (HAWTs) require significant land resources to separate each wind turbine from the adjacent turbine wakes. This aerodynamic constraint limits the amount of power that can be extracted from a given wind farm footprint. The resulting inefficiency of HAWT farms is currently compensated by using taller wind turbines to access greater wind resources at high altitudes, but this solution comes at the expense of higher engineering costs and greater visual, acoustic, radar and environmental impacts. We investigated the use of counter-rotating vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) in order to achieve higher power output per unit land area than existing wind farms consisting of HAWTs. Full-scale field tests of 10-m tall VAWTs in various counter-rotating configurations were conducted under natural wind conditions during summer 2010. Whereas modern wind farms consisting of HAWTs produce 2 to 3 watts of power per square meter of land area, these field tests indicate that power densities an order of magnitude greater can potentially be achieved by arranging VAWTs in layouts that enable them to extract energy from adjacent wakes and from above the wind farm. Moreover, this improved performance does not require higher individual wind turbine efficiency, only closer wind turbine spacing and a sufficient vertical flux of turbulence kinetic energy from the atmospheric surface layer. The results suggest an alternative approach to wind farming that has the potential to concurrently reduce the cost, size, and environmental impacts of wind farms.
Design Optimization of Savonius and Wells Turbines
  • M H Mohamed
M.H. Mohamed, Design Optimization of Savonius and Wells Turbines, Ottovon-Guericke University, Magdeburg, 2011.
Pr evision des performances a erodynamiques d'un nouveau type d' eolienne a axe vertical: le rotor a contrevoiles
  • J Menet
  • N Bourabaa
J. Menet, N. Bourabaa, Pr evision des performances a erodynamiques d'un nouveau type d' eolienne a axe vertical: le rotor a contrevoiles, in: 18 e Congr es Français de M ecanique, 2007. Grenoble.