Experimental study of flow through a Savonius wind turbine
Tutor / director / evaluatorGámez Montero, Pedro Javier; Castilla López, Roberto; García-Almiñana, Daniel
Document typeBachelor thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
Due to its principle of operation and the continuous variation of flow angle with respect to blades, strong unsteady effects including separation and vortex shedding are observed in a Savonius wind turbine . The flow analysis helps to qualify the design of the wind turbine and to assess the quality of numerical simulations, data concerning the mechanism of torque creation, the vortex structure downstream of the rotor and aerodynamic performance. The experimental investigation in wind tunnel is carried out using flow visualization technique.The main tasks will be:- State of the art of efficient wind turbines- Theoretical study of a Savonius wind turbine- Study of the different available geometries of Savonius to the wind tunnel- Choose the best experimental method for the flow visualization and learn how to use it- Design and construction of the Savonius wind turbine model and the test bench- Experimental running- Results analysis
The main objective is intended to be the experimental investigation in wind tunnel to determine the structure of the real flow in a fixed Savonius wind turbine. A secondary objective of this experimental study will be to obtain the aerodynamic performance of studied wind turbine and also information about velocity field around the rotor.