Development of efficient and accurate CFD technologies for wind turbine unsteady aerodynamics

Campobasso, M., Bonfiglioli, A. and Baba Ahmadi, M. (2009) Development of efficient and accurate CFD technologies for wind turbine unsteady aerodynamics. In: Conference on Modelling Fluid Flow, Budapest, Hungary, 9-12 Sept 2009, pp. 879-886.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on novel unsteady and low speed algorithmic developments of a structured explicit Euler solver and an unstructured implicit Euler/RANS solver for wind turbine CFD. The central topics are a) a discussion on the definition of optimal low-speed preconditioning for explicit solvers featuring state-of-the-art convergence acceleration methods, b) the presentation of a simple optimal mixed preconditioning strategy, and c) the novel implementation in the implicit unstructured code of a preconditioning method which thus far has only been used for stedy problems. These technologies are thouroughly validated by considering a low-speed flow field past a pitching wind turbine airfoil. The excellent computational performance of the implicit approach is also demonstrated by computing the stalled flow past the same airfoil. All results demonstrate the accuracy and computational efficiency of these algorithms.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Wind Turbine CFD, Unsteady Aerodynamics, Low-Speed Preconditioning, Moving grids
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Campobasso, Dr Michele and Baba Ahmadi, Dr Mohammad
Authors: Campobasso, M., Bonfiglioli, A., and Baba Ahmadi, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences

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