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International Journal of Rotating Machinery
Volume 2 (1995), Issue 1, Pages 15-21

Aerodynamic Analysis Models for Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines

École Polytechnique de Montréal, Department of Mechanical Engineering, C.P. 6079, Centre Ville A, Montréal, P.Q. H3C 3A7, Canada

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


This work details the progress made in the development of aerodynamic models for studying Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT's) with particular emphasis on the prediction of aerodynamic loads and rotor performance as well as dynamic stall simulations. The paper describes current effort and some important findings using streamtube models, 3-D viscous model, stochastic wind model and numerical simulation of the flow around the turbine blades. Comparison of the analytical results with available experimental data have shown good agreement.