A New Tool for Topological Optimization of a Rotor for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines
[ 1 ] Instytut Mechaniki Stosowanej, Wydział Budowy Maszyn i Zarządzania, Politechnika Poznańska | [ P ] employee
- vertical axis wind turbines
- topological optimization
- computational fluid dynamics
EN A computer program for topological optimization of a rotor for vertical axis wind turbines of various type is presented. The tool is based mainly on two external modules: the GMSH mesh generator and the OpenFOAM CFD toolbox. Interpolation of rotor blades geometry and computational model of the airflow through a turbine are briefly discussed. Moreover, a simple optimization algorithm is described. Exemplary results for a H-type rotor are presented. Finally, potential directions for the software development are indicated.
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