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https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-8-1771-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-8-1771-2023
Research article
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30 Nov 2023
Research article |  | 30 Nov 2023

Wake characteristics of a balloon wind turbine and aerodynamic analysis of its balloon using a large eddy simulation and actuator disk model

Aref Ehteshami and Mostafa Varmazyar

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In this paper, we numerically studied the wake characteristics and aerodynamics of a balloon wind turbine, an airborne system operating at altitudes of about 400–1000 m. The system can benefit from a stronger and steady wind flow at these altitudes. Results contribute to the wake structure and the magnitude of aerodynamic loads on the balloon in varying wind conditions at high altitudes. Findings are valuable in designing future optimized wind farms and control systems for balloon wind turbines.
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