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Old   March 16, 2011, 05:24
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I am doing CFD simulation of Horizontal axis wind turbine by using Fluent.
Rotor dia = 6 m
Rotational speed = 20 rad/sec
Air velocity = 10 m/s
I am solving only one blade and using periodic boundary condition. I am using Single Rotating Reference Frame and pressure based solver. Solution is well converged. In fluent, we can write moment about x, y, and z axis.

I think moment about z-axis would be the rotor torque (z-axis is rotor axis). Am I right?

Calculated torque (30 N-m) (moment about z-axis) is around 2.5 time lesser than the torque predicted by BEM (78 N-m). What might be the reason?

I am solving laminar flow. Should I use turbulent flow? Which turbulent model would be appropriate?

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Old   March 16, 2011, 16:06
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From my experience with gas turbine blades choosing turbulent model is very important. In case you described it may be neccessary to use one of them. Calculate Reynolds number in critical location for the most severe condition you want to model.
During my master thesis I was obligated to check turbulence model impact on results (mostly on heat transfer). The advice of my lead professor was to use the S-A model. But in a more general case k-e model is more widely used. If you have any verification data compare results for every model and choose the best one.
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Old   March 17, 2011, 06:13
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If I use k-Epsilon model then how to define turbulent boundary condition at velocity inlet?
At velocity inlet, its require to give one of the following:
K and Epsilon or
Intensity and Length scale or
Intensity and viscosity ratio or
Intensity and hydraulic diameter
How to find these turbulent parameters at velocity inlet? Do not have any experimental data.
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Old   March 17, 2011, 15:29
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I used default values for Intensity and Viscosity Ratio (10%/10). But you will have to look in literature for more detailed data.
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Old   March 17, 2011, 15:38
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your problem is that fluent calculated torque is less than BEM, adding turbulence will even decrease it. BEM results aren't much precise and don't always give correct results
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Old   March 18, 2011, 06:26
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From data I know that one blade of my turbine should produce 85 N-m torque.
Calculated torque by using laminar simulation is 64 N-m while 35 N-m by using k-epsilon turbulence model.

Both are lesser than actual. What might be the reason?
Moreover turbulent calculation gives torque almost half of the laminar calculation. Why????
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Old   March 18, 2011, 06:27
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how did you obtain 85 ?
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Old   March 18, 2011, 06:51
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from empirical calculation we design a 5 kw power horizontal axis wind turbine. Its rotational speed is 21 rad/sec and have three blades. so one blade should produce around 80 N-m torque.

Torque from laminar calculation is 64 N-m, which is close to empirical calculation but torque calculated from turbulent simulation is very small (34 N-m).

I have not understand that why both (Laminar and Turbulent) torque are lesser than the empirical calculation. What might be the reason?
Moreover turbulent calculation gives torque almost half of the laminar calculation and 2.5 time lesser than empirical calculation. Why????
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if by empirical you mean BEM then it is ok. BEM only gives rough estimation of power and torque. in real life turbine performance will be less than BEM calculation. since CFD is more realistic it gives less performance values. and since in real life there is turbulence which acts like boundary layer separator and contributes to losses, CFD with turbulence gives even less results. it is hard to simulate turbulent flows correctly, so turbulent results may be little exaggerated, in my opinion real turbine performance is somewhere between laminar and turbulent results.
what is the tip speed ratio ? R=3m, w=20r/s, u =10m/s. so, TSR=Rw/u=6
if your turbine was designed for TSR=6 then performance prediction of BEM at lower rotational speeds will be more erroneous
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Old   March 21, 2011, 04:49
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yes, tip speed ratio is 6.

I think boundary layer is more stable in turbulent flow as compared to laminar flow.
So, separation is smaller in Turbulent flow as compared to laminar flow. Since separation is smaller, so, drag would reduce in turbulent flow.
As a result torque should increase in turbulent flow.

What do you think?
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Old   March 21, 2011, 04:59
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yes, tip speed ratio is 6.

I think boundary layer is more stable in turbulent flow as compared to laminar flow.
So, separation is smaller in Turbulent flow as compared to laminar flow. Since separation is smaller, so, drag would reduce in turbulent flow.
As a result torque should increase in turbulent flow.

What do you think?
Dear CFD XUE,
From my experiences in last 3 years of performing validation of NREL Phase VI experiments I have learned this lessen - predicting aerodynamics loads and power curve of wind turbine through CFD is a tough nut to crack.
See my post in the following section -
Two-equation turbulent models: low re airfoils
You can ask more for further clarification.
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Old   March 21, 2011, 06:36
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1. For validation of NREL Phase VI experiments you performed steady state or transient simulation?

2. Please send me this paper, "Predicting 2D Airfoil and 3D Wind Turbine Rotor Performance using a Transition Model for General CFD Codes",
R. Langtry, J. Gola and F. Menter, ANSYS CFX, Otterfing, Germany, AIAA-2006-0395 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit.

3. What do you think about my statement that:
I think boundary layer is more stable in turbulent flow as compared to laminar flow.
So, separation is smaller in Turbulent flow as compared to laminar flow. Since separation is smaller, so, drag would reduce in turbulent flow.
As a result torque should increase in turbulent flow.
1. We performed both the steady state and transient simulations but the results were under predicted and disappointing in most of the case.
We have used SST, Real KE and KERT turbulence model. All fail to consistently produce accurate results.

2. Since we don't have access to CFX we cannot independently verify the new transitional model by Dr. Menter. (may you can ?)

3. Regarding your statement I think that for a particular free stream velocity if the flow is facing a fixed pressure gradient the turbulent boundary layer will be more stable but not by a significant margin. This is my understanding, it may be wrong and I haven't performed experiments the validate this.
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One more query. What tool are you using to perform the BEM analysis of your blade ?
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Old   April 16, 2011, 00:57
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Dear CFD XUE,
From my experiences in last 3 years of performing validation of NREL Phase VI experiments I have learned this lessen - predicting aerodynamics loads and power curve of wind turbine through CFD is a tough nut to crack.
See my post in the following section -
Two-equation turbulent models: low re airfoils
You can ask more for further clarification.
Raashid
Hi..I'm working on the same report of NREL..as you say you have good experience, can you send me some good results or reports or papers of your work or others you found useful.

I would be really grateful...
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I am doing CFD simulation of Horizontal axis wind turbine by using Fluent.
Rotor dia = 6 m
Rotational speed = 20 rad/sec
Air velocity = 10 m/s
I am solving only one blade .....

Calculated torque (30 N-m) (moment about z-axis) is around 2.5 time lesser than the torque predicted by BEM (78 N-m). What might be the reason?
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Dear all...
I'm working on the somewhat the same project and I hope my experiences may be useful.
I use double domain, (3.1 million node rotary domain+ 1 million node stationary doamin) in CFX .
PLZ pay attention to these notes if you haven't already done:
1-For accurate results I would like to say you must choose a good Turb. model which run well in separation..I found SST...
2- Try to satisfy number of nodes is the boundary layer and try to satisfy the Yplus criterion for your meshing .

One more Question for CFD XUE; are you sure that you have multiplied the value of moment for one blade by number of blades? 30 N.m is for one or after multiplication?

Cheers
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Hi..I'm working on the same report of NREL..as you say you have good experience, can you send me some good results or reports or papers of your work or others you found useful.

I would be really grateful...
Dear Mohammed,
Nice to know that you are working on the same problems.

I suggest you should take a look at the following papers for NREL, which will give you valuable information about wind turbine simulations.

"Predicting 2D Airfoil and 3D Wind Turbine Rotor Performance using a Transition Model for General CFD Codes",
R. Langtry, J. Gola and F. Menter, ANSYS CFX, Otterfing, Germany, AIAA-2006-0395 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit

and

http://wwweng.uwyo.edu/mechanical/fa...-2009-1221-908

I will be very happy to help you in anyway possible.
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Dear Raashid,

Thanks a lot friend
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Old   April 16, 2011, 03:40
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Dear Raashid,

Thanks a lot friend
No need for any thanks. Just inform me if you are bale to get correct and consistent results. I will be happy if you be able to do it.
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what about boundary condition for HAWT
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Dear CFD XUE,
From my experiences in last 3 years of performing validation of NREL Phase VI experiments I have learned this lessen - predicting aerodynamics loads and power curve of wind turbine through CFD is a tough nut to crack.
See my post in the following section -
Two-equation turbulent models: low re airfoils
You can ask more for further clarification.
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hi raashid
i had simulated a wind turbine in fluent.
and now i want to calculate the output power using torque(report-forces-moment)
but this output power is 10 times bigger than real amount.


would you plz help me????
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