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Volume 307, 2020International Conference on Materials & Energy (ICOME’17 and ICOME’18)
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|Published online||10 February 2020|
Computational characterization of a Gurney flap on a DU91(2)W250 airfoil
1 Univ. Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Nuclear Eng. and Fluid Mechanics Dept., 01006 Vitoria, Spain
2 Univ. Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Automatic Control and System Engineering Dept., 01006 Vitoria, Spain
3 Univ. Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Mechanical Engineering Dept., 01006 Vitoria, Spain
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The considerable increase of wind turbine rotor size and weight in the last years has made impossible to control as they were controlled 20 years ago. The cost of energy is an essential role to maintain this type of energy as a viable alternative in economic terms with traditional or other renewable energies. Through the last decades many different flow control devices have been developed. Most of them were shaped for aeronautical issues and this was its first research application. Currently researchers are working to optimize and introduce these types of devices in multi megawatt wind turbines. Gurney flap (GF) is a vane perpendicular to the airfoil surface with a size between 0.1 and 3% of the airfoil chord length, placed in the lower or upper side of the airfoil close to the trailing edge of the airfoil. When GFs are appropriately designed, they increase the total lift of the airfoil while reducing the drag. Thanks to the implementation of the of this flow control device the efficiency of a wind turbine improves, which results on an increase in the power generation.
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