blade element momentum theory, BEM, skewed wake, yawed inflow, AeroDyn
Blade element momentum methods, though conceptually simple, are highly useful for analyzing wind turbines aerodynamics and are widely used in many design and analysis applications. A new version of AeroDyn is being developed to take advantage of new robust solution methodologies, conform to a new modularization framework for National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s FAST, utilize advanced skewed-wake analysis methods, fix limitations with previous implementations, and to enable modeling of highly flexible and nonstraight blades. This paper reviews blade element momentum theory and several of the options available for analyzing skewed inflow. AeroDyn implementation details are described for the benefit of users and developers. These new options are compared to solutions from the previous version of AeroDyn and to experimental data. Finally, recommendations are given on how one might select from the various available solution approaches.
Original Publication Citation
Ning, A., Hayman, G., Damiani, R., and Jonkman, J., “Development and Validation of a New Blade Element Momentum Skewed-Wake Model within AeroDyn,” 33rd ASME Wind Energy Symposium, Kissimmee, FL, Jan. 2015. doi:10.2514/6.2015-0215
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Ning, Andrew; Hayman, Greg; Damiani, Rick; and Jonkman, Jason, "Development and Validation of a New Blade Element Momentum Skewed-Wake Model within AeroDyn" (2015). Faculty Publications. 1725.
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
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