Prediction and Assessment of the Surface-Based Aeroacoustics of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines

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Williams, Robert




Aerodynamic and aeroacoustic prediction tools are developed for rigid rotor blades to provide insight into the aeroacoustics of vertical-axis wind turbine rotor blades. The aerodynamic component uses an unsteady inviscid panel method over the surface of the blades to predict the unsteady pressure distribution over the surface, with vortex particles shedding from the blades to represent their freely-convecting wake. The aeroacoustic component employs a non-penetrable version of Formulation 1C of the Ffowcs Williams-Hawkings equation to predict the noise from surface-based acoustic sources
called thickness and loading noise. The prediction tools are compared to accepted results for fundamental test cases and vertical-axis wind turbines before being used to investigate the aerodynamics and acoustic noise of vertical-axis wind turbine rotors. Investigations into the effects of the blade geometry, the geometric scale of the rotor, the number of rotor blades, and the tip-speed ratio of the rotor on the acoustic field are presented.


Engineering - Aerospace
Physics - Acoustics




Carleton University

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Engineering, Aerospace

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