Articles | Volume 1, issue 2
Wind Energ. Sci., 1, 89–100, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-1-89-2016
Wind Energ. Sci., 1, 89–100, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-1-89-2016
Research article
12 Jul 2016
Research article | 12 Jul 2016

Detailed analysis of the blade root flow of a horizontal axis wind turbine

Iván Herráez et al.

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The flow in the blade root region of horizontal axis wind turbines is highly three-dimensional. Furthermore, it is influenced by the presence of strong trailing vortices. In this work we study the complex root flow by means of experiments and numerical simulations. The simulations are shown to be reliable at predicting the main flow features of the rotor blades. Additionally, new insight into the physical mechanisms governing the blade root aerodynamics is given.