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Advanced Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
Advanced Vertical Axis Wind Turbine


Funding Source & Collaborators: Chinese Government, Beihang University

Shengyi Wang

Shengyi Wang presw@leeds.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2569

Project Title: Advanced Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Technology

Supervisor: Mohamed Pourkashanian

Sponsor: Chinese Government


Shengyi Wang is conducting cooperative research at The Centre for Computational Fluid Dynamics, University of Leeds from October 2008 to September 2010 as an important part of his joint PhD in Engineering Thermophysics supervised by Prof. Zhi Tao, Beihang University (BUAA), Professor MC Pourkashanian and Professor DB Ingham, University of Leeds.

The proposed two-year study will implement CFD research in the development of advanced small to medium-sized wind turbine technology. One of the key areas that will be investigated is the characteristic of the dynamic stall of the blade which has significant impact on the efficiency of power generation, level of noise and the durability of the wind turbine. Advanced computational fluid dynamics modeling technology will be employed to analyse the turbulent flows across the turbine. With vigorous validation against experimental measurements this will lead to a useful design tool for optimization.

Advanced Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Advanced Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine
Images Courtesy of Quiet Revolution (UK)
   Vorticity field of flow near an oscillating aerofoil (AoA=25 degrees)

Vorticity field of flow near an oscillating aerofoil (AoA=25 degrees)