Influence of lift to drag ratio on optimal aerodynamic performance of straight blade vertical axis wind turbines

Conaill Soraghan, William Leithead, Peter Jamieson

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This paper defines an effective lift to drag for a vertical axis wind turbine design based on averaged torque per cycle. This metric is used to characterise the relationship between overall optimum aerodynamic performance and design parameters. A double multiple streamtube aerodynamic prediction model is employed to demonstrate the effect of lift to drag ratio on optimal power performance for the H-rotor and the V-rotor concept VAWT. A further study looks at the effect of coning angle for the V-rotor.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2013
EventEWEA Annual Wind Energy Event 2013 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 4 Feb 20137 Feb 2013


ConferenceEWEA Annual Wind Energy Event 2013



  • vertical axis wind turbines
  • aerodynamics
  • power performance

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