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FLOW Webinar Recap: Exploring New Frontiers in Wind Turbine Modeling

Updated: Apr 29

In a groundbreaking FLOW webinar held on November 8, 2023, Dr. Helge Aagaard Madsen from the Technical University of Denmark delved into the latest advancements in wind turbine modeling, offering a glimpse into the future of wind energy innovation.

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Key Insights:

📈Turbine Upscaling Challenges: Dr. Madsen highlighted the challenges posed by the substantial upscaling of turbines, emphasizing the need for advanced modeling techniques to address the complexities introduced by lighter and more flexible rotor blade designs.

💻Novel Analytical Model: The webinar introduced a cutting-edge Analytical Linear 2-D Actuator Disc Model (2Dl AD), designed to overcome limitations in existing Blade Element Momentum (BEM) models. This new model demonstrated promising correlations with 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations, particularly in scenarios involving disc yaw and axisymmetric disc simulations.

Application in Rotor Simulation: Dr. Madsen discussed the potential applications of the 2Dl AD model in rotor simulations, offering insights into its use along diagonal lines of the rotor at various azimuth positions. The presentation explored tangential induction computation coupled with an angular momentum model, shedding light on the model's development and flow characteristics.

🌬️Future Prospects: While acknowledging the ongoing exploration of detailed implementation as a rotor induction model, the webinar laid a foundation for the integration of 2Dl AD as a consistent model for flexible, coned rotors. The model holds promise in providing a more accurate representation of wind turbine behavior without the need for a separate yaw sub-model, as seen in traditional BEM approaches.

👥About Dr. Helge Aagaard Madsen: With a Ph.D. from Aalborg University, Dr. Madsen has been at the forefront of wind turbine aerodynamics and wake flow research. His extensive contributions include the development of the Actuator Cylinder model for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs), advancements in BEM model implementation in HAWC2, and leadership in experimental aerodynamics projects.

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