Low Reynolds number airfoils for small horizontal axis wind turbines

Philippe Giguère, Michael S. Selig

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To facilitate the airfoil selection process for small horizontal-axis wind turbines, an extensive database of low Reynolds number airfoils has been generated. The database, which consists of lift and drag data, was obtained from experiments conducted in the same wind tunnel testing facility. Experiments with simulated leading-edge roughness were also performed to model the effect of blade erosion and the accumulation of roughness elements, such as insect debris, on airfoil performance. Based on the lift curves and drag polars, guidelines that should be useful in selecting appropriate airfoils for particular blade designs are given. Some of these guidelines are also applicable to larger HAWTs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-380
Number of pages14
JournalWind Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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