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Aerodynamic Shape Optimization Of A Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

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dc.contributor.author Carrigan, Travis Justin en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-14T20:48:02Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-14T20:48:02Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07-14
dc.date.submitted January 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-10851 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/5627
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to introduce and demonstrate a fully automated process for optimizing the airfoil cross-section of a vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT). The objective is to maximize the torque while enforcing typical wind turbine design constraints such as tip speed ratio, solidity, and blade profile. By fixing the tip speed ratio and solidity of the wind turbine, there exists an airfoil cross-section for which the torque can be maximized, requiring the development of an iterative design system.The design system required to maximize torque incorporates rapid geometry generation and automated hybrid mesh generation tools with viscous, unsteady computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software. The flexibility and automation of the modular design and simulation system allows for it to easily be coupled with a parallel differential evolution algorithm used to obtain an optimized blade design that maximizes the efficiency of the wind turbine. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Dennis, Brian en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Aerospace Engineering en_US
dc.title Aerodynamic Shape Optimization Of A Vertical Axis Wind Turbine en_US
dc.type M.S. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Dennis, Brian en_US
dc.degree.department Aerospace Engineering en_US
dc.degree.discipline Aerospace Engineering en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.S. en_US

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