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Wind tunnel tests of two airfoils for wind turbines operating at high reynolds numbers

By D. Sommers and J. Tangler


The objectives of this study were to verify the predictions of the Eppler Airfoil Design and Analysis Code for Reynolds numbers up to 6 x 106 and to acquire the section characteristics of two airfoils being considered for large, megawatt-size wind turbines. One airfoil, the S825, was designed to achieve a high maximum lift coefficient suitable for variable-speed machines. The other airfoil, the S827, was designed to achieve a low maximum lift coefficient suitable for stall-regulated machines. Both airfoils were tested in the NASA Langley Low-Turbulence Pressure Tunnel (LTPT) for smooth, fixed-transition, and rough surface conditions at Reynolds numbers of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 x 106. The results show the maximum lift coefficient of both airfoils is substantially underpredicted for Reynolds numbers over 3 x 106 and emphasized the difficulty of designing low-lift airfoils for high Reynolds numbers

Topics: Wind Turbines, Aerodynamics, Computerized Simulation, Reynolds, Nasa, Airfoils, Design, E Codes, Wind Turbine, Performance Testing Airfoil Design, Airfoil Design, 17 Wind Energy, Turbine Blades, Performance
Publisher: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S.)
Year: 2000
DOI identifier: 10.2514/6.2000-43
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