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A Straight-Bladed Vertical Axis Wind Turbine With a Directed Guide Vane: Mechanism of Performance Improvement

[+] Author Affiliations
Hideki Kuma, Manabu Takao, Toshiyuki Beppu

Matsue National College of Technology, Matsue, Shimane, Japan

Takao Maeda, Yasunari Kamada

Mie University, Tsu, Mie, Japan

Kyoji Kamemoto

Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan

Paper No. OMAE2008-57233, pp. 617-623; 7 pages
  • ASME 2008 27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 6: Nick Newman Symposium on Marine Hydrodynamics; Yoshida and Maeda Special Symposium on Ocean Space Utilization; Special Symposium on Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Estoril, Portugal, June 15–20, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4823-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3821-8
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A straight-bladed vertical axis wind turbine with a directed guide vane has been proposed in order to enhance its torque. The experimental study of the proposed wind turbine was carried out by a wind tunnel with an outlet diameter of 1.8m. The tested rotor has 3 straight rotor blades with a profile of NACA0018, a radius of 0.35 m and a height of 0.7 m. The guide vane which consists of an arc plate rotates around the rotor and is directed to the wind by aerodynamic force generated by tail vanes, so as to put the guide vane in upstream of the rotor. As a result, the performance of the straight-bladed vertical axis turbine was improved by means of the directed guide vane and the power coefficient of the proposed wind turbine was approximately 1.2 times higher than that of the original wind turbine which has no guide vane. Further, flows around the proposed wind turbine have been investigated by use of the vortex method which provides a Lagrangian simulation of unsteady and vortical flows.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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