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Influence of a Finite Width Micro-Tab on the Spanwise Lift Distribution

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D. Holst, A. B. Bach, C. N. Nayeri, C. O. Paschereit

Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Paper No. GT2013-94381, pp. V008T44A011; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 8: Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles; Wind Energy; Honors and Awards
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 3–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5529-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The results of surface pressure measurements are presented in this paper to gain further insight into the lift changing influence of finite width micro-tabs, especially in adjacent airfoil sections. Micro-tabs are a promising concept for load control on wind turbines. Local pressure distributions were measured in several rows of pressure taps in the vicinity of the finite width micro-tab attached to a FX 63-137 profile at low Reynolds numbers. The investigation focuses on length dependency, chordwise position, and interaction between two micro-tabs. Additionally, stereo Particle-Image-Velocimetry measurements were conducted to study the structure, sense of rotation, and influence of tab-induced tip vortices, as well as the impact of a finite width micro-tab on the model’s near wake. Experiments reveal relative changes of more than 30 % in the pressure coefficient distribution upstream of several micro-tab configurations. Furthermore, increments of 20 % are recorded in neighbouring sections not directly controlled by micro-tabs. Even higher changes are obtained in the region between two tabs. These improvements are attained due to local and global changes in the effective camber.

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