Small-Scale vertical axis wind turbine design
Tutor / director / evaluatorRuiz Boqué, Sílvia
Document typeBachelor thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
The thesis focuses on the design of a small vertical axis wind turbine rotor with solid wood as a construction material. The aerodynamic analysis is performed implementing a momentum based model on a mathematical computer program. A three bladed wind turbine is proposed as candidate for further prototype testing after evaluating the effect of several parameters in turbine efficiency, torque and acceleration. The results obtained indicate that wood is a suitable material for rotor construction and a further development of the computer algorithm is needed in order to improve the flow conditions simulation.