DEVELOPMENT

Development took place over several years, with prototype blades manufactured using resin transfer method (RTF).
High-performance assymetrical airfoil has been selected to increase wind energy recovery.
CFD analysis (ANSYS FLUENT) has been employed to characterize 2D aerodynamic characteristics, with subsequent 2D flow modeling.
Wind tunnel testing was performed on 1:6 scale model, followed by 1:2 scale testing on a car test bed.
Finally, a full scale prototype was manufactured and erected on a rural site.

01
01

All design has been done using CAD (SolidWorks and CATIA). 

02
02

ANSYS FLUENT has also been used - for 2D CFD analysis of the rotating turbine.

03
03

3D FLUENT analysis of one blade has been performed in order to assess pressure distribution on the blade.

04
04

Wind tunnel tests of a 1:6 scale turbine model confirmed self-starting properties.

05
05

Field tests using a half-scale turbine mounted on a moving car produced power characteristics which could be expected from a half-scale turbine (4kW at speed 11 m/s).