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Numeric Investigation of Fluid Solid Interaction on Wind Turbine Blade

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Mohammad A. Hossain, Kyoungsoo Lee, Ziaul Huque, Raghava R. Kommalapati

Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX

Paper No. IMECE2013-65647, pp. V009T10A004; 7 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5638-3
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The current work is focused on numeric investigation of aerodynamic load developed on a wind turbine blade and its effects on aeroelastic characteristics of a wind turbine blade. In order to do that proper turbulent model along with appropriate assumptions need to be determined. Geometry is modeled with actual blade data for both twist and tapper. Blade tip is not considered during the modeling. Validation is done by NREL phase VI wind turbine blade data as well as other published data. Finally the aerodynamic load obtained from the CFD simulation is transferred to perform the structural analysis. It has been found that the load distribution along the blade span is not linear. It varies with the span length and it also varies along the chord of the blade airfoil. Due to this varying load the stresses developed in the blade is dissimilar which dictates the skin thickness of the blade and the shape of the spur inside the blade. It has also been observed that the aerodynamic characteristics such as lift coefficient (CL) and pressure coefficient (CP) changes with the deflection of the blade which affects the power output of the wind turbine.

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