Aerodynamic design method for horizontal axis wind turbine blades

Zhaohui Du, M. S. Selig

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Two advanced aerodynamic blade design methods were developed for horizontal axis wind turbines, namely PROPID and PROPGA. PROPGA is a genetic algorithm based on optimization method and is used for the trade-off studies and preliminary blade design while PROPID is based on an inverse design approach and is used for the final blade design stage and performance prediction. Two typical examples were presented: one is a new blade set for an experimental wind turbine geared for fundamental research, and the other is a commercial blade design for a small wind turbine. The combination of PROPID and PROPGA provides an efficient technique for the aerodynamic blade design of wind turbines of any size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-370
Number of pages7
JournalTaiyangneng Xuebao/Acta Energiae Solaris Sinica
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2000


  • Blade design
  • Wind turbine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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