Term of Award
Master of Science in Applied Engineering (M.S.A.E.)
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Thesis (open access)
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Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Over the last two decades there has been a renewed interest in Vertical Axis Wind Turbines. This turbine configuration though unpopular for large-scale generation has found a niche market in the way of offshore energy harvesting. However, offshore wind has its challenges. In this thesis a detailed comprehensive study of a proposed V-shaped vertical axis turbine rotor is performed in order to examine its structural and aerodynamic characteristics. The design met and exceeded the safety parameters establish for test bed operation, showing a factor of safety of 1.87 with regard to fatigue stress response. A satisfactory fatigue stress design life was also achieved. Both experimental and numerical aerodynamic data have relatively good agreement achieving an overall maximum power coefficient of 0.2589 numerically and 0.251 experimentally.
Whyte, Odari J., "Structural and Aerodynamic Design, Procedure and Analysis of a Small V-shaped Vertical Axis Wind Turbine" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1860.
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