A fluid dynamics model for wind turbine generators in equatorial environments

Milton Fabricio Perez-Gutierrez, David Rivas-Lalaleo, Mayra Erazo-Rodas, Victor Bautista-Naranjo, Omar Galarza-Barrionuevo, Patricio Reyes-Bedoya, Monica Huerta, Jose Luis Rojo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

Abstract

Wind turbine generators represent a valid and sustainable alternative for a significant energy provision, which is increasingly demanded by the planet, and a number of generator models have been proposed for supporting their design. However, equatorial regions have very special conditions for their gravity and wind behavior. Therefore, we present here a new wind turbine-generator model suitable for equatorial environments. Our simulation system is based on computational fluid dynamics and the Navier-Stokes equation, accounting both for structural and energy efficiency considerations. The most relevant simulation parameters were shown to be the Shovel number, the rotor diameter, the generated power, and the working frequency. Simulation results were consistent with different gravity conditions affecting to the fluid viscosity and the blades weight, as well as with differences in uniform and turbulent wind flow behavior. The proposed model allows us to make decisions about the structure and optimal requirements suitable for equatorial regions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICARA 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 6th International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications
EditorsDonald Bailey, Serge Demidenko, G. Sen Gupta
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages421-425
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479964666
DOIs
StatePublished - 6 Apr 2015
Event6th International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications, ICARA 2015 - Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 17 Feb 201519 Feb 2015

Publication series

NameICARA 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 6th International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications, ICARA 2015
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityQueenstown
Period17/02/1519/02/15

Keywords

  • computational fluid dynamics
  • FAST sowftware
  • Generator
  • modeling
  • wind turbine

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'A fluid dynamics model for wind turbine generators in equatorial environments'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this