Taurista Perdana Syawitri
Assessment of stress-blended eddy simulation model for accurate performance prediction of vertical axis wind turbine
Syawitri, Taurista Perdana; Yao, Yufeng; Yao, Jun; Chandra, Budi
Yufeng Yao Yufeng.Yao@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Aerospace Engineering
Dr Jun Yao Jun.Yao@uwe.ac.uk
Budi Chandra Budi.Chandra@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
The aim of this paper is to assess the ability of a stress-blended eddy simulation (SBES) turbulence model to predict the performance of a three-straight-bladed vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT). The grid sensitivity study is conducted to evaluate the simulation accuracy.
The unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes equations are solved using the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technique. Two types of grid topology around the blades, namely, O-grid (OG) and C-grid (CG) types, are considered for grid sensitivity studies.
With regard to the power coefficient (Cp), simulation results have shown significant improvements of predictions using compared to other turbulence models such as the k-e model. The Cp distributions predicted by applying the CG mesh are in good agreement with the experimental data than that by the OG mesh.
The current study provides some new insights of the use of SBES turbulence model in VAWT CFD simulations.
The SBES turbulence model can significantly improve the numerical accuracy on predicting the VAWT performance at a lower tip speed ratio (TSR), which other turbulence models cannot achieve. Furthermore, it has less computational demand for the finer grid resolution used in the RANS-Large Eddy Simulation (LES) “transition” zone compared to other hybrid RANS-LES models.
To authors’ knowledge, this is the first attempt to apply SBES turbulence model to predict VAWT performance resulting for accurate CFD results. The better prediction can increase the credibility of computational evaluation of a new or an improved configuration of VAWT.
Syawitri, T. P., Yao, Y., Yao, J., & Chandra, B. (2021). Assessment of stress-blended eddy simulation model for accurate performance prediction of vertical axis wind turbine. International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow, 31(2), 655-673. https://doi.org/10.1108/hff-09-2019-0689
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Feb 27, 2020|
|Online Publication Date||Jun 18, 2020|
|Publication Date||Feb 1, 2021|
|Deposit Date||Jun 22, 2020|
|Publicly Available Date||Jun 23, 2020|
|Journal||International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Vertical axis wind turbine; grid topology sensitivity; stress-blended eddy simulation|
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