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International Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 650868, 8 pages
Research Article

Hybrid Vortex Method for the Aerodynamic Analysis of Wind Turbine

1North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power, Zhengzhou 450045, China
2North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
3School of Energy and Power Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China

Received 9 December 2014; Revised 8 March 2015; Accepted 9 March 2015

Academic Editor: Hamid M. Lankarani

Copyright © 2015 Hao Hu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The hybrid vortex method, in which vortex panel method is combined with the viscous-vortex particle method (HPVP), was established to model the wind turbine aerodynamic and relevant numerical procedure program was developed to solve flow equations. The panel method was used to calculate the blade surface vortex sheets and the vortex particle method was employed to simulate the blade wake vortices. As a result of numerical calculations on the flow over a wind turbine, the HPVP method shows significant advantages in accuracy and less computation resource consuming. The validation of the aerodynamic parameters against Phase VI wind turbine experimental data is performed, which shows reasonable agreement.