Wind tunnel aerodynamic tests of six airfoils for use on small wind turbines

Michael S Selig, Bryan D. McGranahan

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Abstract

This paper presents detailed wind tunnel tests data taken on six airfoils having application to small wind turbines. In particular, lift, drag and moment measurements were taken at Reynolds numbers of 100,000, 200,000, 350,000 and 500,000 for both clean and rough conditions. In some cases, data was also taken at a Reynolds number of 150,000. The airfoils included the E387, FX 63-137, S822, S834, SD2030, and SH3055. Prior to carrying out the tests, wind tunnel flow quality measurements were taken to document the low Reynolds number test environment, and also oil flow visualization data and performance data were taken on the E387 for comparison with measurements taken at NASA Langley in the Low Turbulence Pressure Tunnel. The new results compare favorably with the benchmark NASA data. Highlights of the performance characteristics of the six airfoils are then discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of ASME Wind Energy Symposium Technical Papers AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
Pages558-576
Number of pages19
StatePublished - Jul 29 2004
EventCollection of the 2004 ASME Wind Energy Symposium Technical Papers at the 42nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 5 2004Jan 8 2004

Publication series

NameCollection of ASME Wind Energy Symposium Technical Papers AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit

Other

OtherCollection of the 2004 ASME Wind Energy Symposium Technical Papers at the 42nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
CountryUnited States
CityReno, NV
Period1/5/041/8/04

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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    Selig, M. S., & McGranahan, B. D. (2004). Wind tunnel aerodynamic tests of six airfoils for use on small wind turbines. In Collection of ASME Wind Energy Symposium Technical Papers AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit (pp. 558-576). (Collection of ASME Wind Energy Symposium Technical Papers AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit).