CFD Modeling of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Near Highway Traffic using Actuator Cylinder Theory

Cory Schovanec, Ramesh K. Agarwal

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Abstract

This paper evaluates boosts in efficiency of a vertical axis wind turbine that is positioned near highway traffic. An extension of the Actuator Cylinder Theory that includes viscous effects is used to model the vertical axis wind turbine. A dynamic meshing technique is used at the exterior of a simplified car model to simulate a passing vehicle. The turbulent flow effects are modeled by solving the Unsteady Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) equations with the Spalart-Allmaras (SA) turbulence model in ANSYS FLUENT. Simulations using car velocities of 50mph, 60mph, and 70mph are analyzed for car to turbine spacings of 1m, 2m, and 3m. Comparisons in power are made between the steady state Actuator Cylinder Model and the transient cases near-highway.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, AIAA AVIATION Forum 2021
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624106101
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
EventAIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, AIAA AVIATION Forum 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Aug 2 2021Aug 6 2021

Publication series

NameAIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, AIAA AVIATION Forum 2021

Conference

ConferenceAIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, AIAA AVIATION Forum 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period08/2/2108/6/21

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