Vertical axis wind turbines have lower power efficiency than the horizontal axis wind turbines. However vertical axis wind turbines are proven to be economical and noise free on smaller scale. A new design of three bladed vertical axis wind turbine by using two airfoils in construction of each blade has been proposed to improve power efficiency. The purpose of two airfoils in blade design of vertical axis wind turbine is to create high lift which in turns gives higher power output. In such case the structural parameter identification is important to understand the system behavior due to its first kind of design before experimental analysis. Therefore a study is carried out to determine the natural frequency to avoid unstable state of the system due to rotational frequency of rotor. The present paper outlines a conceptual design of vertical axis wind turbine and a modal analysis by using Abaqus cae software. The study is limited to evaluate lowest fundamental modal frequencies and mode shapes of proposed wind turbine.
Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series: Proceedings of the 31st Imac, a Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2013, 2013, p. 289-293
Vertical Axis Wind Turbine; Multiple Element Airfoils; Modal Analysis