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On the calibration of rotational augmentation models for wind turbine load estimation by means of CFD simulations

: Burgos Tafur, B.S.; Daniele, E.; Stoevesandt, B.; Thomas, P.

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Acta mechanica Sinica 36 (2020), Nr.2, S.306-319
ISSN: 0567-7718
ISSN: 1614-3116
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IWES ()

In this work the improved version of an engineering model which accounts for rotational augmentation effects by means of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) calibration is explored and discussed. Based on an analysis of the NREL Phase VI wind turbine, the novel modeling is presented, which uses as base line the formulation proposed by Chaviaropoulos and Hansen. The model is calibrated based on CFD simulations using OpenFOAM. The corresponding correction of the two dimensional polars is straightforward implemented within MoWiT, an in-house software for load calculation. The novel formulation results in improved lift and drag coefficients prediction in all considered cases, reducing the deviation with respect to the rotating CFD cases down to few percent. The optimal configuration including the correction for tip effects of Shen shows better agreements at the very tip of the blade. Furthermore the range of applicability for large wind turbine rotor blades based on a virtual 10MW rotor model is discussed.