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Navier-Stokes Predictions of the NREL Phase VI Rotor in the NASA Ames 80-By-120 Wind Tunnel

[+] Author Affiliations
N. N. So̸rensen

Riso̸ National Laboratory, Roskilde, Denmark

J. A. Michelsen

Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

S. Schreck

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

Paper No. WIND2002-31, pp. 94-105; 12 pages
  • ASME 2002 Wind Energy Symposium
  • ASME 2002 Wind Energy Symposium
  • Reno, Nevada, USA, January 14–17, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 1-56347-476-X
  • Copyright © 2001 by Riso̸ National Laboratory and ASME


The application of an incompressible Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes solver to cases from the NREL/NASA Ames wind tunnel test is described. Six cases of the NREL PHASE-VI rotor in the upwind configuration under zero yaw and zero degrees tip pitch are computed. Favorable comparison of the computed results with measurements in the form of shaft torque, root moments, spanwise force distributions, and pressure distributions are shown. The good agreement documents the feasibility of 3D CFD computations in connection with prediction of the performance of new rotors. Additionally it is shown how CFD computations can be used to determine the three dimensional effects in rotor flows.

Copyright © 2001 by Riso̸ National Laboratory and ASME
Topics: Rotors , Wind tunnels



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