UNIVERSITATIS
UPSALIENSIS
UPPSALA
2012
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations
from the Faculty of Science and Technology 998
Fluid Mechanics of Vertical Axis
Turbines
Simulations and Model Development
ANDERS GOUDE
ISSN 16516214
ISBN 9789155485399
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva183794
Dissertation presented at Uppsala University to be publicly examined in Polhemssalen,
ngstrmslaboratoriet, Lgerhyddsvgen 1, Uppsala, Friday, December 14, 2012 at 13:15 for
the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The examination will be conducted in English.
Abstract
Goude, A. 2012. Fluid Mechanics of Vertical Axis Turbines: Simulations and Model
Development. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. Digital Comprehensive Summaries of
Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology 998. 111 pp. Uppsala.
ISBN 9789155485399.
Two computationally fast fluid mechanical models for vertical axis turbines are the streamtube
and the vortex model. The streamtube model is the fastest, allowing threedimensional modeling
of the turbine, but lacks a proper timedependent description of the flow through the turbine. The
vortex model used is twodimensional, but gives a more complete timedependent description of
the flow. Effects of a velocity profile and the inclusion of struts have been investigated with the
streamtube model. Simulations with an inhomogeneous velocity profile predict that the power
coefficient of a vertical axis turbine is relatively insensitive to the velocity profile. For the
struts, structural mechanic loads have been computed and the calculations show that if turbines
are designed for high flow velocities, additional struts are required, reducing the efficiency
for lower flow velocities.Turbines in channels and turbine arrays have been studied with the
vortex model. The channel study shows that smaller channels give higher power coefficients
and convergence is obtained in fewer time steps. Simulations on a turbine array were performed
on five turbines in a row and in a zigzag configuration, where better performance is predicted
for the row configuration. The row configuration was extended to ten turbines and it has been
shown that the turbine spacing needs to be increased if the misalignment in flow direction is
large.A control system for the turbine with only the rotational velocity as input has been studied
using the vortex model coupled with an electrical model. According to simulations, this system
can obtain power coefficients close to the theoretical peak values. This control system study
has been extended to a turbine farm. Individual control of each turbine has been compared to a
less costly control system where all turbines are connected to a mutual DC bus through passive
rectifiers. The individual control performs best for aerodynamically independent turbines, but
for aerodynamically coupled turbines, the results show that a mutual DC bus can be a viable
option.Finally, an implementation of the fast multipole method has been made on a graphics
processing unit (GPU) and the performance gain from this platform is demonstrated.
Keywords: Wind power, Marine current power, Vertical axis turbine, Wind farm, Channel
flow, Simulations, Vortex model, Streamtube model, Control system, Graphics processing
unit, CUDA, Fast multipole method
Anders Goude, Uppsala University, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity,
Box 534, SE751 21 Uppsala, Sweden.
Anders Goude 2012
ISSN 16516214
ISBN 9789155485399
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva183794 (http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva183794)
To my family
List of papers
This thesis is based on the following papers, which are referred to in the text
by their Roman numerals.
I Goude, A., Lundin, S., Leijon, M., A parameter study of the inuence
of struts on the performance of a verticalaxis marine current turbine,
In Proceedings of the 8th European wave and tidal energy conference,
EWTEC2009, Uppsala, Sweden, pp. 477483, September 2009.
II Goude, A., Lalander, E., Leijon, M., Inuence of a varying vertical
velocity prole on turbine efciency for a Vertical Axis Marine Current
Turbine, In Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on
Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2009, Honolulu,
USA, May 2009.
III Grabbe, M., Yuen K., Goude, A., Lalander, E., Leijon, M., Design of
an experimental setup for hydrokinetic energy conversion,
International Journal on Hydropower & Dams, 15(5), pp. 112116,
2009.
IV Goude, A., gren, O., Simulations of a vertical axis turbine in a
channel, Submitted to Renewable Energy, October 2012.
V Goude, A., gren, O., Numerical simulation of a farm of vertical axis
marine current turbines, In Proceedings of the 29th International
Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, OMAE
2010, Shanghai, China, June 2010.
VI Dyachuk, E., Goude, A., Lalander, E., Bernhoff, H., Inuence of
incoming ow direction on spacing between vertical axis marine
current turbines placed in a row, In Proceedings of the 31th
International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic
Engineering, OMAE 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2012.
VII Goude, A., Blow, F., Robust VAWT control system evaluation by
coupled aerodynamic and electrical simulation, Submitted to
Renewable Energy, September 2012.
VIII Goude, A., Blow, F., Aerodynamic and electric evaluation of a
VAWT farm control system with passive rectiers and mutual
DCbus, Submitted to Renewable Energy, November 2012.
IX Goude, A., Engblom, S., Adaptive fast multipole methods on the
GPU, Journal of Supercomputing, DOI 10.1007/s1122701208360,
In Press, October 2012.
Reprints were made with permission from the publishers.
The author has also contributed to the following paper, not included in the
thesis:
A Yuen, K., Lundin, S., Grabbe, M., Lalander, E., Goude, A., Leijon,
M., The Sderfors Project: Construction of an Experimental Hydroki
netic Power Station, In Proceedings of the 9th European wave and
tidal energy conference, EWTEC2011, Southampton, United Kingdom,
September 2011.
Contents
1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
1.1 Different turbine types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
1.2 Comparison between wind and marine current turbines . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
1.3 Vertical axis turbine research at Uppsala University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
1.4 Extended studies within this thesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
1.5 Outline of the thesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
2 Theory for vertical axis turbines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
2.1 Basic theory and the Betz limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
2.2 Extension to include channels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
2.3 Theory of liftbased vertical axis turbines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
2.4 Angle of attack including ow curvature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
3 Control strategy for vertical axis turbines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
3.1 Control of a single turbine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
3.2 Extension to multiple turbines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
4 Simulation models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
4.1 Streamtube models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
4.1.1 Description of model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
4.1.2 Including struts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
4.1.3 Obtaining lift and drag coefcients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
4.1.4 Corrections due to ow curvature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
4.1.5 Including ow expansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
4.2 Vortex models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
4.2.1 Implementing the turbine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
4.2.2 Merging vortices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
4.2.3 Calculation of velocity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
4.2.4 Numerical evaluation of the velocity eld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
5 Simulation results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
5.1 Evaluation of simulation tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
5.1.1 Strut modeling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
5.1.2 Expansion model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
5.1.3 Tip correction model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
5.1.4 Curvature modeling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
5.1.5 Vortex model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
5.1.6 Concluding remarks about the simulation tools . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
5.2 Results from papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
5.2.1 The effects of struts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
5.2.2 The effects of a velocity prole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
5.2.3 Design of a turbine for use in a river . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
5.2.4 Turbines in channels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
5.2.5 Turbines in an array . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
5.2.6 Simulations of control systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
5.2.7 Control of multiple turbines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
6 Conclusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
7 Suggestions for future work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
8 Summary of papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
9 Errata for papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102
10 Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103
11 Summary in Swedish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104
References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107
Nomenclature
A m
2
Turbine crosssectional area
A
m
2
Asymptotic area of streamtube enclosing turbine
A
c
m
2
Crosssectional area of a channel
A
d
m
2
Area of turbine disc
A
e
m
2
Streamtube area far downstream/center of turbine
AR Aspect ratio of a blade
C
D
Drag coefcient
C
Ds
Drag coefcient for strut
C
D
Drag coefcient for innitely long blade
C
L
Lift coefcient
C
Ls
Lift coefcient for strut
C
L
Lift coefcient for innitely long blade
C
N
Normal force coefcient
C
N0
Normal force coefcient without curvature corrections
C
Ns
Normal force coefcient for strut
C
P
Power coefcient
C
P
e
Power coefcient equivalent for extracted power
C
Pmax
Maximum power coefcient for a given ow velocity
C
T
Tangential force coefcient
C
Ts
Tangential force coefcient for strut
D m Turbine diameter
F Velocity correction factor
F
D
N Drag force
F
D0
N Drag force at zero angle of attack
F
L
N Lift force
F
N
N Normal force
F
Nl
N/m Normal force per meter
F
R
N Force in radial direction
F
T
N Tangential force
F
Ts
N Tangential force on strut
F
x
N Aerodynamic force from a blade on ow in a streamtube
F
xs
N Aerodynamic force from a strut on ow in a streamtube
H m Channel height
J kgm
2
Moment of intertia
L m Distance between struts
K N Constant to determine lift force
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Ma Mach number
N Number of particles (FMM)
N
b
Number of blades
N
box
Number of boxes (FMM)
N
d
Number particles per box (FMM)
N
p
Number of panels
N
s
Number of struts
N
t
Number of turbines
N
v
Number of vortices
NF
i
Set of all boxes in near eld of box i (FMM)
P W Power absorbed by the turbine
P
e
W Power extracted from the turbine
P
e,tot
W Total power extracted from the turbines of a farm
P
tot
W Power available in ow
R m Turbine radius
R
inner
m Strut inner attachment point
R
outer
m Strut outer attachment point
Re Reynolds number
T
s
Nm Torque from strut
V m/s Flow velocity
V
0
m/s Flow velocity far upstream of turbine
V
V
i
m/s Vortex velocity
V
r
m/s Relative ow velocity for a blade (absolute value)
V
rs
m/s Relative ow velocity for a strut (absolute value)
V
s
m/s Flow velocity at strut position
V
re f
m/s Reference ow velocity for estimating angle of attack
V
rel
m/s Relative ow velocity for blade
V
relz
m/s Relative ow velocity for blade in its own reference frame
V
s
m/s Far downstream velocity of ow passing outside turbine
V
s j
m/s Flow velocity at strut segment
V
p
m
3
/s Circulation of three dimensional point vortex
m
2
/s Circulation of two dimensional vortex
m Cutoff radius used for vortex merging
rad/s Turbine rotational velocity
i
rad/s Rotational velocity of turbine i
1
rad/s First control system rotational velocity constant
2
rad/s Second control system rotational velocity constant
3
rad/s Third control system rotational velocity constant
Angle of attack
b
Corrected angle of attack
s
Angle of attack for strut
Direction of incoming wind
Blade pitch angle
m Cutoff radius of Gaussian vortex kernel
Angle of blade relative to the vertical axis
s
Angle of strut relative to the horizontal plane
Blade azimuthal position shifted 90 degrees
b
Blade azimuthal position
Tip speed ratio
e
Equilibrium tip speed ratio
max
The tip speed ratio that gives highest power coefcient
m
2
/s Kinematic viscosity
kg/m
3
Density of uid
N/m
2
Stress
Angle of relative wind
m
2
/s Velocity potential
1/s Vorticity
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Abbreviations
CPU Central processing unit
CUDA Compute unied device architecture
FEM Finite element method
FMM Fast multipole method
FVM Finite volume method
GPU Graphics processing unit
L2L Local to local translation
L2P Local to particle evaluation
M2L Multipole to local translation
M2M Multipole to multipole translation
NACA National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
P2M Particle to multipole initialization
P2P Particle to particle interaction (direct evaluation)
RANS Reynoldsaveraged NavierStokes equations
SIMD Single instruction multiple data
SSE Streaming SIMD Extensions
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1. Introduction
A turbine is used to convert the energy from a moving uid into rotational mo
tion, which in turn can drive an electric generator. The best suited turbine for
this energy conversion depends on the characteristics of the ow. One case,
which is present in gas turbines and traditional hydro power plants, is owcon
strained by walls, such as ow within a pipe. Here, the turbine crosssectional
area usually covers the entire ow and the ow has a large pressure difference
that drives the turbine. Asecond case is the free ow, where no conning walls
are present. This is the case for wind power and often a reasonable approxi
mation for tidal power in the ocean. In free ow, the uid can pass around the
turbine and the available energy is the kinetic energy in the ow. This thesis
mainly treat the free ow case, but also a hybrid case where there are conn
ing walls, but the turbine does not cover the whole crosssectional area of the
ow, is studied in this thesis. This situation occurs in a river, where the river
crosssectional shape area usually prevents a turbine from covering the entire
crosssection.
1.1 Different turbine types
The typical turbine design for wind power is a horizontal axis turbine, where
the rotational axis of the turbine is parallel to the ow direction [1, chapter 1].
In this thesis, however, the vertical axis turbine will be investigated. Here, the
rotational axis is perpendicular to the ow direction. This kind of turbine is
sometimes called crossow turbine, as the turbine in principle also can be
tilted 90 degrees to have a horizontal axis while still having its rotational axis
perpendicular to the ow. The traditional name vertical axis turbine will be
used here, even for situations where the rotational axis is tilted, since this is
the most commonly used name.
There are two different types of vertical axis turbines. The rst type is
based on the drag force and is often called the Savonius rotor after the Finnish
inventor Sigurd Johannes Savonius, despite that Savonius only patented an im
provement of older designs [2]. This improvement is neither implemented on
all present dragbased turbines. Dragbased devices rely on variation of the
drag coefcient with respect to the orientation of the object. To create a rea
sonably efcient dragbased turbine, the drag coefcient should be high in one
direction and low in the opposite direction, which gives a torque on the tur
bine. Dragbased devices achieve lower power coefcients than the liftbased
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Figure 1.1. Different types of vertical axis turbines.
devices described in the section below [3, chapters 2, 7]. Another drawback is
that the amount of construction material in drag devices is quite high (as can
be seen in gure 1.1). This cost is inhibiting the construction of large turbines,
as material usage is proportional to the volume, i.e. the cube of the character
istic length of the turbine, while the power absorption is proportional to the
crosssectional area, i.e. the square of the characteristic length.
The second type is the liftbased turbine, which was originally invented by
the French engineer George Jean Marie Darrieus [4] in the 1920s (approxi
mately one year after Savonius patented his design). The patent application of
Darrieus covers both the curved blade turbine and the Hrotor (see gure 1.1),
as well as turbines with varying pitch angle and ducted turbines. It is suggested
in the patent that the designs work both for wind and tidal energy. The aim
of the curved blade design is to reduce the bending stresses in the blades due
to centrifugal forces. The North American company Flowind commercialized
in the 1980s the Darrieus turbine with the curved blade design [5, chapter 1].
During that time, the curved blade turbine was also studied by Sandia National
Laboratories, which is the main reason why much of the published work on
Darrieus turbines is on the curved blade design. This thesis will instead focus
on the straight blade Hrotor design, which currently is in development at Up
psala University. With recent progress for light materials, composites can be
used in the turbine construction, which reduces centrifugal forces due to the
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lighter structure. This makes the Hrotor design more feasible. The straight
blade design has the advantages that straight blades are easier to manufacture
and by attaching the blades with struts, it is possible to place the upper bear
ing much closer to the turbine center, reducing the bending moment on the
axis. In addition, the constant radius of the straight blade design gives a larger
crosssectional area. Disadvantages compared to the curved blade design are
the addition of extra struts and the higher bending moments due to centrifugal
forces.
The main aerodynamic advantage of vertical axis turbines, compared to
standard horizontal axis turbines, is the independence of ow direction, re
moving the need for a yaw mechanism. For water ow, an additional advan
tage is that the crosssectional area can be more exibly chosen as both height
and diameter can be varied (and the diameter can vary with height). This can
be useful in shallow water where a turbine with a large width and small height
can cover a larger area than a horizontal axis turbine, as the crosssectional
area of a horizontal axis turbine is circular. Disadvantages of the vertical axis
turbines are the lower power coefcients and that the turbines are typically not
selfstarting.
The vertical axis turbine can have its generator on the ground, which in
the wind power case simplies maintenance, tower construction and makes
the weight of the generator less important. This is benecial for direct driven
generators, which typically have large diameters. The use of direct driven gen
erators further reduces the number of moving parts in the system. One major
concern for vertical axis turbines is the cyclic blade forces in each revolution,
which leads to torque oscillations and material fatigue. For further compar
isons between horizontal and vertical axis turbines (and also between curved
and straight blade turbines) see e.g. [6].
1.2 Comparison between wind and marine current
turbines
Even though wind turbines operate in air (gas) while marine current turbines
operate in water (liquid), there are many similarities between the two. Tra
ditionally, water is considered an incompressible uid and can therefore be
modeled with the incompressible NavierStokes equations. For air, it is typi
cally expected that compressibility effects can be neglected for Mach numbers
Ma within the range
Ma =
V
rel
c
sound
< 0.3.
Here, V
rel
is the relative ow velocity (measured in the blades rest frame) and
c
sound
is the speed of sound in the uid [7, chapter 9]. Note that the major con
tribution to V
rel
originates from the blades own motion for liftbased turbines.
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The speed of the blades in a wind turbine is typically too low for the Mach
number to be above 0.3 and wind turbines can therefore also be modeled with
incompressible aerodynamics. Although both wind and marine turbines can be
studied with the incompressible NavierStokes equations, there are still some
characteristic differences. One difference is that for marine current turbines,
there is both a sea bed and a free surface that bounds the ow. Another dif
ference is the risk for cavitation at too high ow velocities. Cavitation would
modify the ow characteristics and can cause damage to the turbine [8].
The energy absorbed by a turbine is proportional to the uid density and
the cube of the ow velocity. As the density of water is 800 times higher than
the density of air, comparatively low uid velocities are adequate for marine
current power generation. For equal crosssectional area, a wind speed of
10 m/s has the same incoming kinetic power as a water ow speed of 1.1 m/s.
However, as the forces only are proportional to the square of the ow velocity,
the marine current turbine experiences approximately 9.3 times higher uid
mechanical forces than a wind turbine at the same conditions (assuming that
the turbines are identical) and rotates 9.3 times slower. The increased forces
for marine current turbines require both stronger blades and support structure.
Many of the experimental vertical axis turbines for water have used relatively
large blades and thereby low optimal tip speed ratios [912].
One important parameter for the effectiveness of the turbine is the Reynolds
number, which for a blade is dened as
Re =
cV
,
where V is the owvelocity, c is the blade chord and is the kinematic viscos
ity. A higher Reynolds number usually decreases the drag losses and increases
the stall angle, which is benecial for vertical axis turbines. For 20
C, the
kinematic viscosities are 15.1 m
2
/s for air and 1.00 m
2
/s for water [13, ap
pendix A]. Under the conditions of equal power extraction mentioned above
(i.e. 9.3 times higher ow velocity for the wind turbine), this would give a
63 % higher Reynolds number for the marine current turbine, which is within
the same order of magnitude as the wind turbine.
1.3 Vertical axis turbine research at Uppsala University
At the Division of Electricity at Uppsala University, three vertical axis wind
turbines have been built. The rst turbine had a crosssectional area of 6 m
2
and was later followed by a turbine with the crosssectional area 30 m
2
and the
rated power 12 kW [1416]. This larger turbine is used for most of the experi
ments. A 10 kW turbine for telecom applications has also been built [17]. Fur
ther, a 200 kW turbine has been constructed by the spinoff company Vertical
Wind AB [18]. Additionally, a marine current turbine (described in paper III)
is scheduled to be deployed by the end of 2012.
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Several simulation tools for turbine simulations have previously been de
veloped at the division. A twodimensional inviscid vortex model based on
conformal mappings for the blades has been created by Deglaire et al. [19]. In
the turbine implementation, each blade is solved independently [20], allowing
for coupling to an elastic method developed by Bouquerel et al., see paper IV
in [21]. A multibody version for simulating turbines has been developed by
sterberg et al., see [22] and paper III in [21]. Two streamtube models have
also been implemented by Deglaire and Bouquerel.
1.4 Extended studies within this thesis
This thesis focuses on the uid mechanical modeling of the vertical axis tur
bine, and two different simulation tools have been developed. The rst simu
lation tool uses the streamtube model and the development of this tool started
from the basic streamtube model implemented by Bouquerel, which is based
on the model of Paraschivoiu [3]. All additional modeling and code develop
ment have been developed within this thesis.
The second simulation tool uses a vortex model, and this tool has been
developed from scratch within this work. This model is based on empirical
data for lift and drag coefcients instead of the conformal mapping method
by Deglaire, which is based on inviscid theory. The computational speed is
crucial for the developed vortex model and large efforts have been put into
this. The existing implementation of the fast multipole method by Stefan Eng
blom [23] has been signicantly improved and ported to a GPU (paper IX)
Several studies have been carried out with the two simulation models. The
streamtube model has been used to study losses due to struts (paper I), the
effects of a velocity prole (Paper II) and to design a turbine for deployment
in a river (paper III). The more computationally demanding vortex model has
been used to study turbines in channels (paper IV) and turbine arrays (paper V
and VI). The vortex model is also coupled to an electrical model to study con
trol systems for a single turbine (paper VII) and extended simulations analyze
control systems for a turbine farm (paper VIII).
1.5 Outline of the thesis
After the introduction, theory for vertical axis turbines is presented in chap
ter 2. This is followed by an introduction to control systems in chapter 3.
The theory and implementation for the simulation models are then presented
in chapter 4, which also includes the GPU implementation of the fast multi
pole method. The results from the simulations are given in chapter 5, where
the rst part evaluates the accuracy of the simulation models and the second
part summarizes the results from the articles. The thesis ends by conclusions,
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suggestions for future work, summary of papers, errata for papers and ac
knowledgments.
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2. Theory for vertical axis turbines
Given a crosssectional area A perpendicular to a homogenous ow of a uid,
the kinetic power that passes through this area is given by
P
tot
=
1
2
AV
3
, (2.1)
where is the density and V is the ow velocity. If the ow is not conned
by any surrounding boundaries, the kinetic power is the available power for a
wind/current turbine. The efciency (i.e. outgoing power divided by incoming
power) would be one possible measure of how good the energy conversion
is. However, adding a turbine will change the velocity and force parts of the
ow to pass outside the turbine area and thereby change the kinetic energy
that passes through this area A. Moreover, some kinetic energy is left in the
ow and can possibly be used later. Therefore, turbine performance is usually
measured with the power coefcient instead, which is dened as
C
P
=
P
1
2
AV
3
, (2.2)
where P is the power absorbed by the turbine and V
V
d
p
d1
p
d2
V
e
A
e
A
d
Figure 2.1. The streamtube used in the Betz limit derivation. The dashed line shows
the control volume used for momentum conservation.
Bernoulli equation before and after the turbine
p
atm
+
1
2
V
2
= p
d1
+
1
2
V
2
d
, (2.3)
p
d2
+
1
2
V
2
d
= p
atm
+
1
2
V
2
e
, (2.4)
combined with continuity
A
= A
d
V
d
= A
e
V
e
(2.5)
and momentum conservation for the control volume in gure 2.1 (marked with
the dashed line)
A
e
V
2
e
A
V
2
= A
d
(p
d2
p
d1
), (2.6)
it is possible to show that the velocity at the turbine disc V
d
is equal to
V
d
=
V
+V
e
2
. (2.7)
Considering that the Betz theory assumes no losses, the power absorbed by
the turbine is given as the difference between incoming and outgoing power in
the uid
P =
1
2
A
V
3
1
2
A
e
V
3
e
. (2.8)
If the axial induction factor a, dened as
V
d
= (1a)V
, (2.9)
is combined with expression with equations (2.5) and (2.8), it can be shown
that the power will reach its maximum value for a = 1/3, and the optimal
power is given by
P =
16
27
1
2
A
d
V
3
(2.10)
where 16/27 is the traditional Betz limit, limiting the power coefcient to
approximately 59.3 %.
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p
0
p
0
V
0
V
0
V
0
A
0
A
c
V
d
p
d1
p
d2
V
e
A
e
A
d
p
e
V
s
Figure 2.2. Illustration of a streamtube conning the ow that passes through the
turbine disc for a channel of crosssectional area A
c
.
2.2 Extension to include channels
The Betz theory assumes no outer boundaries in the system. For a turbine op
erating in water, it is more common that boundaries are present. One example
is a river, where the ow is limited by the width and depth. The outer walls
prevent the ow from expanding, pushing more ow through the turbine. This
occurs in a traditional hydro power plant, where the entire ow is forced to
pass through the turbine, which results in much higher power absorption than
the Betz limit [25].
To analyze this case analytically, assume that the ow upstream of the tur
bine has constant velocity V
0
and pressure p
0
(see gure 2.2). Note that in
this case, the pressure upstream and the pressure downstream are not equal.
Instead, there will be a drop in pressure, which, for open channel ow, would
correspond to a drop in the surface level. Due to the continuity of the pressure,
the pressure inside the streamtube and outside has to be the same downstream
(p
e
). The crosssectional area of the channel is A
c
and the crosssectional area
of the turbine is A
d
. In this case, the Bernoulli equation gives
p
0
+
1
2
V
2
0
= p
d1
+
1
2
V
2
d
, (2.11)
p
d2
+
1
2
V
2
d
= p
e
+
1
2
V
2
e
, (2.12)
p
0
+
1
2
V
2
0
= p
e
+
1
2
V
2
s
, (2.13)
the continuity equation gives
A
0
V
0
= A
d
V
d
= A
e
V
e
, (2.14)
(A
c
A
0
)V
0
= (A
c
A
e
)V
s
(2.15)
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and momentum conservation for a control volume that encloses the entire
channel gives
A
e
V
2
e
+A
s
V
2
s
AV
2
0
= A
d
(p
d2
p
d1
) +A
c
(p
0
p
e
). (2.16)
The velocity at the turbine can be derived from equations (2.11) (2.16) as
V
d
=
V
e
(V
s
+V
e
)
V
s
+2V
e
V
0
, (2.17)
which in the free ow limit (V
s
V
0
) reduces to equation (2.7). The force on
the turbine becomes
F
x
= A
d
(p
d1
p
d2
) =
1
2
A
d
_
V
2
s
V
2
e
_
, (2.18)
giving the power as
P = F
x
V
d
=
1
2
A
d
V
e
(V
s
+V
e
)
_
V
2
s
V
2
e
_
V
s
+2V
e
V
0
. (2.19)
From equation (2.19), it can be found that the highest power absorption is
obtained when V
e
=V
0
/3, which actually is the same as for the free ow. The
highest power is thus given by
P =
16
27
1
_
1
A
d
A
c
_
2
1
2
A
d
V
3
0
(2.20)
and the pressure drop is
p
e
p
0
=
4
A
d
A
c
_
3
A
d
A
c
_
9
_
1
A
d
A
c
_
2
V
2
0
. (2.21)
From these results, it can be seen that the maximum theoretical power co
efcient increases with the factor (1A
d
/A
c
)
2
for a channel. In the limit
A
d
A
c
, the power coefcient diverges, along with the pressure drop in equa
tion (2.21). Considering that an innite drop in pressure is unfeasible, when
the turbine area is almost as large as the channel, the available pressure dif
ference will start limiting the maximum power coefcient, which will prevent
innite energy extraction. This is the case for hydro power turbines, where the
power is limited by the difference in water elevation.
The model above assumes that the crosssection of the channel is constant.
An open channel will have a drop in surface level over the turbine and an
extension of the model to include this drop is given by Whelan et al. [26].
This correction has not been included in the present work, as the model is
used for comparisons with the twodimensional vortex simulations where no
free surface is modeled.
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R
x
y
Figure 2.3. Illustration of a vertical axis turbine.
2.3 Theory of liftbased vertical axis turbines
The Hrotor is a liftbased design, which means that the aerodynamic torque is
generated by the lift force of the blades. Therefore, airfoil proles are typically
used for the blades. Airfoils are generally designed to operate at relatively low
angles of attack, where the lift force increases approximately linearly with
the angle of attack and the drag force remains low. When the angle of attack
increases above the stall angle, which for a typical airfoil occurs for angles
around 10 15 degrees, the lift force is reduced, and the drag starts to increase
substantially. This work is focused towards blades with a xed pitch angle. To
keep the angle of attack low without pitching the blades, the blades must move
with a high velocity if the wind comes from the side. To illustrate this, assume
that a blade is located at angle
b
(see gure 2.3). Using complex notation,
this gives the blade position
z
b
= Re
i
b
(2.22)
and the velocity of the blade is therefore
V
b
= i
b
Re
i
b
. (2.23)
The rotational velocity
b
is commonly denoted . The incoming wind V, if
complex, represents wind from any direction. The blade will nowsee a relative
wind of
V
rel
=V i Re
i
b
. (2.24)
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V
rel
V
b
Figure 2.4. Denitions of angles and velocities. The positive direction for angles is
counterclockwise, hence and are negative for the directions of V
b
and V
rel
in the
gure.
To obtain the angle of relative wind, rotate V
rel
with the angle ie
i
b
, aligning
the blade motion with the negative real axis,
V
relz
=Vie
i
b
+R. (2.25)
The angle of relative wind will be the argument of this complex number. In
the special case of V being real, the angle of relative wind is
= arctan
cos
b
R
V
+sin
b
(2.26)
and the absolute value of the relative velocity is
V
rel
 =V
_
R
V
+sin
b
_
2
+(cos
b
)
2
. (2.27)
The angle of attack is given by
= +, (2.28)
where is the blade pitch angle (see gure 2.4). Equation (2.26) shows how
the angle of attack varies during a turbine revolution and how it decreases as
the rotational velocity increases. As an example, R/V = 4 gives a maximum
angle of attack of around 14 degrees, approximately where stall begins to oc
cur. It should be noted that in equations (2.24) (2.27), V is the ow velocity
at the blade position. This can be compared with the tip speed ratio, which is
dened as
=
R
V
(2.29)
where the asymptotic velocity is used. Due to the energy extracted, the veloc
ity at the blade will generally be lower than the asymptotic velocity.
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The turbine torque is calculated from the tangential force, which is given
by
F
T
= F
L
sin F
D
cos. (2.30)
When the angle of relative wind is low, the approximations sin and
cos 1 can be applied. Assume that the pitch angle is zero, hence =
. For symmetric blades, the blade forces can be approximated as F
L
K,
where K is a constant, and F
D
F
D0
, where F
D0
is a constant. The tangential
force can therefore be estimated as
F
T
= K
2
F
D0
, (2.31)
showing that when the angle of relative wind decreases, the drag force be
comes dominating. The conclusion is that for high tip speed ratios, drag will
give a more signicant contribution, reducing the power coefcient. At too
low tip speed ratios, the turbine will enter stall, where lift decreases and drag
increases, which also should be avoided. For these reasons, the turbine should
be designed to operate with a tip speed ratio close to the stall limit in order to
obtain the highest possible power coefcient.
2.4 Angle of attack including ow curvature
The expression (2.26) is only valid for innitely small symmetric blades. The
blade performs a rotational motion, which leads to additional curvature effects,
changing the effective angle of attack. To conclude the theory section, a more
proper derivation will be performed using a rotating at plate instead.
By the use of conformal mappings, a circle can be transformed into a at
plate with the Joukowski transformation. The splane represents the circle
with radius b and the zplane a at plate extending between 2b to 2b giving
the blade chord c as c = 4b. The blade coordinates z in its own frame of
reference is given by
z = s +
b
2
s
. (2.32)
Using the same transformation as Deglaire [20], the z
0
plane can be dened as
z
0
=
_
(z +x
0
)e
i
+iR
_
e
i
= (z +D)e
i()
, (2.33)
where D = x
0
+iRe
i
. By assuming that the blade only rotates around the
center, the blade velocity is given by
V
b
= i
_
(z +x
0
)e
i
+iR
_
e
i
= i z
0
(2.34)
with =
. Introduce a complex velocity potential W, with complex conju
gate W, such that
dW
dz
0
=V, (2.35)
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hence the potential can be used to calculate the ow velocity V. Assume that
the potential is given on the form
W(s) =V
abs
e
i(+)
s +V
abs
e
i(+)
b
2
s
i
2
log(s) +W
1
(s), (2.36)
where V
abs
e
i
is the ow velocity at the blade position. Now, construct a
potential such that
dW
b
dz
0
= V
b
, (2.37)
which gives
dW
b
ds
= V
b
dz
0
ds
=i z
0
dz
0
ds
=i
_
z +D
_
dz
ds
. (2.38)
Note that on the boundary, z = z. Integrated, this is
W
b
= i
_
1
2
z
2
+Dz
_
= i
_
1
2
_
s
2
+2b
2
+
b
4
s
2
_
+D
_
s +
b
2
s
__
. (2.39)
The nopenetration boundary condition states that the stream function should
be constant (possibly timedependent) on the boundary. Given that the bound
ary is moving, the condition becomes
Im[W (s) W
b
(s)] =C. (2.40)
The rst part of W (s) already fullls the condition, while W
1
(s) remains to be
determined, hence
Im[W
1
(s) W
b
(s)] =C. (2.41)
The boundary condition at innity states
dW
1
ds
s
= 0, (2.42)
and on the boundary,
s =
b
2
s
(2.43)
applies. Write equation (2.41) in terms of complex conjugates
iC = W
1
(s) W
1
(s) +i
_
1
2
_
s
2
+2b
2
+
b
4
s
2
_
+
1
2
_
s
2
+2b
2
+
b
4
s
2
_
+D
_
s +
b
2
s
_
+D
_
s +
b
2
s
__
= W
1
(s) W
1
(s) +
i
_
b
4
s
2
+
b
4
s
2
+
b
2
s
b+
b
2
s
D+
b
2
s
D+D
b
2
s
+2b
2
_
. (2.44)
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Note that constants can be excluded from the potential. Therefore, W
1
(s) can
be identied as
W
1
(s) = i
_
b
2
s
_
D+D
_
+
b
4
s
2
_
= i
_
b
2
s
_
iR
_
e
i
e
i
_
+2x
0
_
+
b
4
s
2
_
. (2.45)
The Kutta condition [27] states that the velocity has to be nite at s = b where
ds/dz diverges, giving
dW
ds
s=b
= 0
i
2
1
b
= V
abs
e
i(+)
+V
abs
e
i(+)
i
_
iR
_
e
i
e
i
_
+2x
0
+2b
_
= V
abs
2i sin( + ) 2i (Rsin +x
0
+b). (2.46)
Use the reference case of a static wing
i
2
1
b
= V
re f
2i sin
sin =
V
abs
sin( + ) (Rsin +x
0
+b)
V
re f
, (2.47)
and that for small values of x
0
V
re f
_
(V
abs
cos( ) +R)
2
+V
2
abs
sin
2
( ). (2.48)
Now, redene x
0
in terms of the chord as x
0
= x
0r
c, which means that x
0r
=
0.25 is the quarter chord position and use that 4b = c
sin =
V
abs
sin( )
_
Rsin +x
0r
c +
c
4
_
V
re f
=
(V
abs
cos( ) +R)sin V
abs
cos sin( )
V
re f
_
x
0r
c +
c
4
_
V
re f
= sin
_
+arctan
V
abs
sin( )
V
0
cos( ) +R
_
_
x
0r
c +
c
4
_
V
re f
. (2.49)
Assuming small angles of attack, one can approximate
arcsin( +) + (2.50)
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which gives the simplications
= +arctan
V
abs
sin( )
V
abs
cos( ) +R
x
0r
c
V
re f
c
4V
re f
. (2.51)
Note that at the position = 0, the blade is at the position
b
= /2. The
substitution =
b
/2 gives
= +arctan
V
abs
cos(
b
)
V
abs
sin(
b
) +R
x
0r
c
V
re f
c
4V
re f
, (2.52)
which with = 0 would correspond to equations (2.26) and (2.28), but in
cludes mounting position x
0r
and ow curvature. As an example, for a turbine
with chord 0.25 mand radius 3 m(i.e. the experimental turbine in Marsta [16]),
at very high rotational velocities
_
V
re f
R
_
, the change in angle of attack
due to ow curvature is approximately 1.2 degrees. This gives higher angles
of attack upstream and lower downstream.
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3. Control strategy for vertical axis turbines
Optimizing the power from a wind/marine current turbine does not only re
quire that the turbine is designed with the highest possible power coefcient.
Another important factor is to make sure that the turbine actually runs at the
tip speed ratio associated with the peak power coefcient. Therefore, a con
trol strategy which keeps the turbine tip speed ratio near this optimal value is
preferable.
Wind turbines in general are either controlled by pitch or stall regulation,
where the most common design today is a horizontal axis turbine with pitch
regulation [28]. The advantage with pitch control is that it introduces an ad
ditional parameter that can be controlled, allowing for a more exible control
system. Pitch control is mainly used in the region above rated wind speed (see
gure 3.1) to keep a smoother power and reduce mechanical loads, as the pitch
angle can be changed to reduce the blade forces [1, Chapter 8]. Stall regula
tion, instead, reduces the tip speed ratio, which increases the angle of attack.
This will eventually cause stall, which reduces the lift force and increases the
drag force. This will be most prominent for the tangential force, and thereby
the turbine torque, due to the signicant increase in the drag force. Pitch con
trol has been used for vertical axis turbines, mainly to improve performance at
low tip speed ratios [29,30] where stall is avoided by actively altering the pitch
angle to reduce the angle of attack. The angle of attack oscillates between
positive and negative values as the blade moves between the upstream and
downstream section of the turbine. Hence, reducing the angle of attack with
active pitch requires a change in pitch angle during each revolution. An active
pitch mechanism would complicate the turbine further. No pitch mechanisms
are included in the turbines studied here to reduce the sources of mechanical
failure.
Without a pitch mechanism, the remaining parameter to control is the ro
tational velocity, where the turbine power is controlled by regulating the tip
speed ratio and thereby the power coefcient. Even with a pitch mechanism
installed, it is common for horizontal axis wind turbines to use a xed pitch
angle in the variable rotational speed region illustrated in gure 3.1 [1, Chap
ter 8]. The following sections will focus on the variable rotational speed re
gion, where the aim is to maximize the extracted power.
3.1 Control of a single turbine
One way to control a turbine is to perform real time ow velocity measure
ments and adjust the tip speed ratio to optimal values. However, this would,
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0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
0
0.5
1
1.5
F
r
a
c
t
i
o
n
o
f
r
a
t
e
d
p
o
w
e
r
Wind speed (m/s)
Cut in
Variable rotational speed
region, constant C
P
Constant
power
Constant
rotational
speed
Rated wind
speed
Figure 3.1. Example of the different control strategies for different ow velocities.
The turbine starts operating at wind speed 3 m/s and operates at optimal power coef
cient (approximately constant tip speed ratio) up to rated rotational velocity (wind
speed 10 m/s), where the rotational velocity is kept constant until rated power is
achieved (wind speed 12 m/s). At higher wind speeds, power is kept constant. There
is also a cutout wind speed where the turbine is stopped (not shown in the gure).
Rotational velocity
P
o
w
e
r
S
p
e
e
d
i
n
c
r
e
a
s
e
s
Turbine stops Stable region
Equilibrium
Pe
P
P
e
S
p
e
e
d
d
e
c
r
e
a
s
e
s
S
p
e
e
d
d
e
c
r
e
a
s
e
s
Figure 3.2. Illustration of a control system, where the extracted power only depends
on the rotational velocity.
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rely on the accuracy of the ow measurements. An alternative approach is
to let the extracted power P
e
be a function only of the rotational velocity of
the turbine. This type of control has been used for horizontal axis wind tur
bines [31], but due to the low power coefcient at low tip speed ratios for
vertical axis turbines, some care has to be taken when transferring this control
system to a vertical axis turbine to avoid that the turbine ceases to rotate for
low tip speed ratios.
An example of a control system only using the rotational speed as input
parameter is illustrated in gure 3.2. The angular acceleration
of the turbine
is
=
PP
e
J
, (3.1)
where J is the moment of inertia of the system. Here, extracted power P
e
in
cludes both power from the generator and electrical and mechanical losses in
the system. If the extracted power P
e
is less than the turbine power P, the tur
bine accelerates, while if the extracted power is larger, the rotational velocity
decreases. In Figure 3.2, the turbine would stop if the turbine has too low
rotational velocity as the turbine power at this low rotational velocity is very
limited (P < P
e
). This region where the turbine will stop is characterized by
a low power coefcient at low tip speed ratios, which may apply to a vertical
axis turbine. The existence of such a region depends on the power absorption
characteristics of the turbine and for high enough wind speeds, this region
typically becomes smaller.
Figure 3.2 shows that there will be an equilibrium where extracted power
equals turbine power (P = P
e
). If this equilibrium occurs at the peak of the
power curve in gure 3.2, maximumenergy is extracted. If the extracted power
is normalized the same way as turbine power, the extracted power coefcient
is
C
P
e
=
P
e
1
2
AV
3
. (3.2)
Combining equations (3.1) and (3.2) gives for the equilibrium
_
where
= 0
_
C
P
e
=C
P
. (3.3)
Equation (3.2) can be written in terms of tip speed ratio and rotational velocity
as
C
P
e
=
P
e
3
1
2
A(R)
3
. (3.4)
Denote
max
the tip speed ratio with the peak power coefcient C
Pmax
. By
choosing
max
as the desired equilibrium, equations (3.3) and (3.4) give
C
Pmax
=
P
e
3
max
1
2
A(R)
3
P
e
=
1
2
AC
Pmax
_
R
max
_
3
= k
2
3
, (3.5)
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0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
0.05
0
0.05
0.1
0.15
0.2
0.25
0.3
0.35
0.4
0.45
Tip speed ratio
P
o
w
e
r
c
o
e
f
f
i
c
i
e
n
t
C at 3 m/s
P
C at 6 m/s
P
C at 12 m/s
P
C
P
e
Figure 3.3. The control strategy A from equation ( 3.5) illustrated for three different
ow velocities.
where the constant k
2
is related to
max
and C
Pmax
according to equation (3.5).
Under the conditions that C
Pmax
and
max
are constants, maximum power will
be extracted if the extracted power is chosen to vary with the cube of the rota
tional velocity and the constant k
2
is chosen according to equation (3.5). This
control strategy will be denoted strategy A. With C
Pmax
and
max
constant,
equation (3.5) is independent of ow velocity. However, due to the increased
Reynolds number at higher ow velocities, the airfoil performance will in
crease, as drag is reduced and stall angle is increased. Therefore, the values
for
max
and C
Pmax
have a small dependence on the Reynolds number, see
gure 3.3. The performance of the strategy in equation (3.5) is plotted in g
ure 3.3 for three ow velocities (for specications on the simulated turbine,
see section 5.2.6). The change in power coefcient with respect to the ow
velocity causes the obtained equilibrium tip speed ratio
e
to be slightly dis
tanced to
max
, although the obtained power coefcient is very similar to C
Pmax
(see gure 3.3). For a ow velocity of 3 m/s, there is an unstable region for tip
speed ratios below 2.2, while for 6 m/s and 12 m/s, the strategy is stable in the
entire interval as long as the turbine power is larger than the mechanical and
electrical losses. Even though the strategy is stable for 6 m/s and 12 m/s, the
difference between turbine power and extracted power is low at low tip speed
ratios, causing a slow acceleration, cf. equation (3.1).
Two modications to the devised strategy in equation (3.5) have been made,
with the intention to increase the rotational velocity at low tip speed ratios in
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0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
0.05
0
0.05
0.1
0.15
0.2
0.25
0.3
0.35
0.4
0.45
Tip speed ratio
P
o
w
e
r
c
o
e
f
f
i
c
i
e
n
t
C at 3 m/s
P
C at 6 m/s
P
C at 12 m/s
P
C at 3 m/s
P
e
C at 6 m/s
P
e
C at 12 m/s
P
e
Figure 3.4. Control strategy B from equation ( 3.6) illustrated for three different ow
velocities.
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
0.05
0
0.05
0.1
0.15
0.2
0.25
0.3
0.35
0.4
0.45
Tip speed ratio
P
o
w
e
r
c
o
e
f
f
i
c
i
e
n
t
C at 3 m/s
P
C at 6 m/s
P
C at 12 m/s
P
C at 3 m/s
P
e
C at 6 m/s
P
e
C at 12 m/s
P
e
Figure 3.5. Control strategy C from equation ( 3.7) illustrated for three different ow
velocities.
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order to create a more stable and faster control strategy. Strategy B is given as
_
P
e
= 0
0
,
P
e
= k
1
2
(
0
) >
0
,
(3.6)
where the rotational velocity
0
is required before the strategy starts to extract
energy. This strategy obtains higher differences between extracted and turbine
power for low rotational velocities at the cost of having
e
further distanced
from
max
.
Strategy C combines a higher torque at low rotational velocities with the
good performance of strategy A by dividing the rotational velocities in three
regions according to
P
e
= 0
0
,
P
e
= k
1
2
(
0
)
0
<
1
,
P
e
= k
2
3
1
<
2
,
P
e
= k
3
2
(
2
) +k
2
2
2
<,
(3.7)
where
k
1
=
1
0
k
2
due to continuity at =
1
. This control strategy extracts minimum energy
up to
0
, where
0
for both strategy B and C is chosen to correspond to the
rotational velocity at tip speed ratio 4 and owvelocity 3 m/s. These particular
values are chosen because 3 m/s is considered a reasonable cutin velocity and
tip speed ratio 4 is the optimal value for the chosen turbine.
The control strategy C is designed to operate according to equation (3.5)
between
1
and
2
. The region between
0
and
1
is the increase from 0 to
the curve in equation (3.5). Hence, with increasing rotational owvelocity, the
tip speed ratio decreases in the region between
0
and
1
until it has reached
its desired value for high power capture. At rotational velocities above
2
,
the tip speed ratio is intentionally decreased to reduce mechanical loads on
the turbine, which creates a softer transition to the constant speed region in
gure 3.1. This region is reasonable to implement on a real turbine, but it has
not been studied in detail in this work and for simplicity, k
1
= k
3
was chosen.
The control systemis designed to reach
2
at 9 m/s. This strategy is illustrated
in gure 3.5, where it is seen that at 3 m/s,
e
is higher that the peak value,
causing a small drop in power coefcient, although the difference is smaller
than for strategy B. For 12 m/s,
e
is slightly lower than the peak value due
to the intentional decrease in rotational velocity above
2
. Note that the value
for the constant k
1
differs between strategy B and C, while the value for the
constant k
2
is equal for strategy A and C. Simulations of the three control
strategies are found in section 5.2.6.
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3.2 Extension to multiple turbines
It is common to locate several turbines in close proximity to each other in a
farm conguration, as this can give economical benets due to synergy effects,
since some parts of the system can be commonly used. Therefore, two differ
ent electrical topologies are suggested, where the second mutual topology
is designed to reduce the number of electric components [32]. For additional
possible topologies, see e.g. [3335].
One way to control multiple turbines is to apply the model described in sec
tion 3.1 for each turbine in the farm. This can be accomplished by using an
individual electric system for each turbine, where each turbine has a passive
diode rectier and an inverter (separate topology). An alternative approach
is to connect all turbines to the same inverter, but to obtain individual control.
This would for a permanent magnet synchronous generator require some addi
tional electrical components such as an active rectier or a DCDC converter.
One simplication is to connect all turbines to the same DCbus with pas
sive rectiers, which makes the inverter the only parameter to control (mutual
topology). This reduces the number of electric components and it is therefore
of interest to study how performance is affected by this simplication.
For the mutual topology, the total power extracted from the entire turbine
farm is chosen as
P
e,tot
=
N
t
i=1
P
e
(
i
), (3.8)
where P
e
(
i
) is calculated according to one of the strategies A C in sec
tion 3.1. With the total extracted power chosen according to equation (2.1),
the separate and mutual topologies extract the same power if all turbines ex
perience identical ow velocities.
Other studies have previously been performed for horizontal axis turbines,
with a global control strategy for the entire farm [36, 37]. Farm effects have
been included in the control system in [38, 39] and a method for estimating
the ow velocity within the farm with only rotational velocities and extracted
power as input parameters is presented in [40].
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4. Simulation models
The ow through a turbine can be simulated by solving NavierStokes equa
tions coupled with the continuity equation. NavierStokes equations are valid
for all Newtonian uids, i.e. both air and water, although in water, cavitation
would require additional modeling. The validity of NavierStokes equations
is well established, and the most accurate simulation model would be a direct
solution of these equations. However, NavierStokes equations are nonlinear
partial differential equations and due to the computational complexity, accu
rate direct solutions of these equations are numerically very hard to obtain,
even for the twodimensional case. Considering that the uidow in a large
turbine generally is turbulent, one common simplication is to model the tur
bulence by e.g. Reynoldsaveraged NavierStokes equations (RANS), which
include additional turbulence models. This has been done by e.g. [41, 42].
The most common methods to solve NavierStokes equations are the Finite
Element Method (FEM) and the Finite Volume Method (FVM), which are
both based on a mesh over the entire simulated volume. For this reason,
these methods are suited for conned regions. There are commercial FEM
and FVM simulation software available, but due to the long simulation times,
other methods have been chosen in this work.
Another method for solving NavierStokes equations is to use a vortex
method (see section 4.2). This method can also directly solve NavierStokes
equations, and is designed for open ows with small boundaries, which is the
case for a vertical axis turbine. Directly solving NavierStokes equations with
this method requires much computational time, and has not been done in this
work. An advantage of the vortex method is that there are many simplica
tions available, and by including models of blade forces, the simulation times
can be reduced substantially. This simplication is used within this work.
One even more simplied and very fast method is the streamtube model,
which assumes static ow, and does not give a full description of the ow
through the turbine. Due to the high computational efciency, this model can
be used to quickly perform many simulations, and it is one of the models used
in this work, even though the simplications of the ow limit the applicability
of the model.
4.1 Streamtube models
Streamtube models are among the fastest models used for simulating vertical
axis turbines. The rst application of streamtube models, usually credited to
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V
V
d
V
e
A
d
R
c
Figure 4.1. Illustration of the double multiple streamtube model of Paraschivoiu with
out ow expansion, where the streamtubes are illustrated by the horizontal lines and
the vertical line in the center illustrates the transition from the upstream to the down
stream part. Flow velocities are given for the upstream part. It is assumed that the
height of the streamtube z is included in the streamtube area A
d
.
Templin [43], used one streamtube for the entire turbine. The disadvantage
of this method is that the ow velocities at the blade positions are constant
throughout the entire turbine. A vertical axis turbine will interact with the
ow two times, one upstream and one downstream. To overcome the problem
with equal ow velocity when the blade is up and downstream, Lapin [44] in
troduced the double streamtube model, consisting of one streamtube upstream
and another downstream, allowing for lower ow velocities downstream. For
a real turbine, the velocity does not only vary between the upstreamand down
stream part of the turbine, but could also vary over the entire swept area of the
turbine. To account for this, Strickland introduced the idea of using multiple
streamtubes [45]. In this case, the system has to be solved for each individual
streamtube.
In Stricklands implementation, the double streamtube model of Lapin was
not included. Later, both these two ideas were combined into the double
multiple streamtube model. Two different versions of this model were de
veloped around the same time, one by Paraschivoiu [46] and one by Read and
Sharpe [47]. The difference between the models is that the implementation
by Paraschivoiu assumes straight streamlines including only a velocity in the
xdirection (i.e. the direction of the asymptotic ow), while the model by Read
and Sharpe assumes that the streamlines expand linearly through the turbine.
This gives the difference that in the model by Paraschivoiu, all streamtubes are
independent of each other, while in the model of Read and Sharpe, they are
coupled. Both models have shown quite good agreement with experiments for
the curved blade Darrieus turbine [3, 48].
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4.1.1 Description of model
The double multiple streamtube model implementation used here is based on
the implementation of Paraschivoiu [3] and an illustration of this model is
given in gure 4.1. In the double multiple streamtube model, the turbine is
separated into two discs, one upstream and one downstream. In the middle of
the turbine, the pressure is assumed to be the same as the asymptotic pressure.
With this assumption, the velocity at the upstream disc will be the average of
the velocity at the middle and the asymptotic velocity, similar to equation (2.7)
in the Betz theory. In the same way, the velocity at the downstream disc be
comes equal to the average of the velocity at the middle, and the velocity far
behind the turbine. In the implementation by Paraschivoiu, the upstream disc
is solved rst, independently of the downstream disc. The downstream disc
uses the velocity in the middle of the turbine, calculated when solving the
upstream disc, as input. Except from this calculation of velocity, both discs
are solved in the same way, and most equations will only be presented for the
upstream part of the system.
This description will follow the same notation as Paraschivoiu for the direc
tion of the ow velocity. Hence, the ow direction illustrated in gure 4.1 is
considered positive direction. The denitions of the blade angle
b
and the an
gle of attack will still remain the same as in section 2.3. Therefore, negative
angles of attack will be obtained when the blades are upstream, while the de
scription by Paraschivoiu [3, Chapter 6] has positive angle of attack upstream.
The difference in the denition of the ow direction is the reason why the
expressions for ow velocity and angle of attack are different in this section,
compared to section 2.3.
The main principle behind streamtube models is the use of momentum con
servation in each streamtube. Similar to the Betz derivation, momentum con
servation gives
A
ei
V
2
ei
A
i
V
2
i
=A
di
V
di
(V
ei
V
i
) = F
xi
, (4.1)
where A
i
, A
di
and A
ei
are the crosssectional areas of a streamtube and i
denotes the streamtube index (cf. gure 2.1). The difference, compared to
the Betz theory, is that in this model, the force F
xi
is calculated from blade
section data. If the streamtubes are discretized to give each streamtube the
same angular distance and height z, the size of each streamtube becomes
A
di
= R
i
z cos
bi
 . (4.2)
To calculate the force, the rst step is to obtain the lift and drag coefcients,
which depend on the angle of attack and the Reynolds number. In the model
of Paraschivoiu, it is assumed that the direction of the ow does not change.
This gives the relative velocity as
V
ri
=V
di
_
R
i
V
di
sin
bi
_
2
+cos
2
bi
cos
2
i
(4.3)
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and the angle of attack as
i
=
i
+
i
= arctan
_
cos
bi
cos
i
sin
bi
R
i
V
di
_
+
i
, (4.4)
where is the angle of the blade relative to the vertical axis.
When the coefcients have been determined from the empirical data, the
lift and drag forces are obtained from
F
Li
=
1
2
C
Li
c
i
l
i
V
2
ri
, (4.5)
F
Di
=
1
2
C
Di
c
i
l
i
V
2
ri
, (4.6)
where c
i
is the chord and l
i
is the blade length in the streamtube. Generally,
it is the normal and tangential forces that are of interest. These forces can be
determined from the corresponding normal and tangential force coefcients
C
Ni
= C
Li
cos
i
+C
Di
sin
i
, (4.7)
C
Ti
= C
Li
sin
i
C
Di
cos
i
(4.8)
and therefore, the forces are
F
Ni
=
1
2
C
Ni
c
i
l
i
V
2
ri
, (4.9)
F
Ti
=
1
2
C
Ti
c
i
l
i
V
2
ri
. (4.10)
Note that by this denition, the normal force is perpendicular to the blade, and
the force in the radial direction is
F
Ri
= F
Ni
cos
i
. (4.11)
To calculate how the velocity decreases in the streamtube, the forces in the
xdirection (parallel to the ow) are of interest. These are obtained as
F
xi
= F
Ni
cos
bi
cos
i
F
Ti
sin
bi
. (4.12)
Considering that there are N
b
blades on the turbine, and that a streamtube only
have a blade inside it a fraction of the time, the mean force is given by
F
xi
=
N
b
2
(F
Ni
cos
bi
cos
i
F
Ti
sin
bi
). (4.13)
If the length of the blade in a streamtube l
i
=z/cos
i
is inserted into equa
tions (4.9) and (4.10), equation (4.13) becomes
F
xi
=
N
b
c
i
V
2
ri
z
4
_
C
Ni
cos
bi
C
Ti
sin
bi
cos
i
_
. (4.14)
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V
s
V
di
V
ei
c
s
r
s
R
outer
R
inner
Streamtube i
s
r
s
z
Figure 4.2. Illustration of the parameters used for the strut model.
Combining this with equation (4.1) and (4.2) gives
R
i
z cos
bi
V
di
(V
ei
V
i
) =
N
b
c
i
V
2
ri
z
4
_
C
Ni
cos
bi
C
Ti
sin
bi
cos
i
_
(4.15)
which with the substitutions
V
di
= u
i
V
i
(4.16)
and
V
di
=
V
i
+V
ei
2
(4.17)
gives
1
1
u
i
=
N
b
c
i
V
2
ri
8R
i
cos
bi
V
2
di
_
C
Ni
cos
bi
C
Ti
sin
bi
cos
i
_
. (4.18)
This is the equation to be solved to obtain the interference factors u
i
(dened
in equation (4.16)). Since V
r
, C
N
and C
T
depend on u, this equation has to be
iterated. It should be noted that from equations (4.16) and (4.17), the velocity
in the center is
V
ei
= (2u
i
1)V
i
. (4.19)
4.1.2 Including struts
The above theory only includes the blades, but for an Hrotor, it is necessary
to attach the blades to the main shaft with struts. These struts interact with
the ow, affecting turbine performance. One strut model was implemented by
Moran [49], who derived a correction coefcient for the drag. This is a fast
solution suitable for horizontal struts, but for struts with an angle, a lift force
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will also be generated. To increase the exibility of the code, it was chosen to
calculate the forces directly from the lift and drag coefcients instead.
To calculate the forces, the relative velocity has to be known. Let r
s
be a
position along the strut
R
inner
< r
s
< R
outer
, (4.20)
where the strut starts at R
inner
and ends at R
outer
, see gure 4.2. The struts
are discretized into r long segments in the radial direction. In the streamtube
model, the velocity is only known at the turbine disc and at the center of the
turbine. The simple approximation that the velocity varies linearly between
these positions gives the velocity V
s j
of strut segment j as
V
s j
=V
ei
+
V
di
V
ei
_
R
2
i
r
2
s j
sin
2
b
r
s j
cos
b
. (4.21)
The position of the blade, to which the strut is attached, is given as
b
. This
expression involves the velocity in streamtube i, in which the segment is lo
cated. To determine which streamtube this is, the corresponding angle at the
circumference of the turbine is given by
i
= arcsin
_
r
s j
R
j
sin
b
_
. (4.22)
In the vertical direction, the position of segment j will be equal to the vertical
position of the corresponding streamtube i. The relative velocity can be calcu
lated basically in the same way as in equation (4.3), but since the discretization
is performed in the radial direction for the struts, the angle is to be given rel
ative this direction as well (the reason for not using vertical discretization for
struts is that F
xi
in equation (4.14) would diverge for horizontal struts). With
the strut angle given as
s
, the velocity is given by
V
rs j
=V
s j
_
r
s j
V
s j
sin
b
_
2
+cos
2
b
sin
2
s j
(4.23)
and the angle attack
s
for the strut is
s j
= arctan
cos
b
sin
s j
sin
b
r
s j
V
s j
, (4.24)
where zero pitch angle is assumed for the strut. By dening the chord of the
strut as c
s
and following the same derivation as with equations (4.7) (4.14),
the expression for the mean force in the ow direction for a section (r
s
, )
of the strut is obtained as
F
xs j
=
N
b
c
s j
V
2
rs j
4
r
s
_
C
Ns j
cos
b
tan
s j
C
Ts j
sin
b
cos
s j
_
, (4.25)
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where C
Ns j
and C
Ts j
are the normal and tangential force coefcients of the
strut, which are dened in a similar way as for the blades
C
Ns j
= C
Ls j
cos
s j
+C
Ds j
sin
s j
, (4.26)
C
Ts j
= C
Ls j
sin
s j
C
Ds j
cos
s j
. (4.27)
Here, C
Ls j
and C
Ds j
are the lift and drag coefcients for the struts. The differ
ences in equations (4.24) and (4.25), compared to equations (4.4) and (4.14),
originate from the different denition of
s j
, and that the discretization is done
in the radial direction.
The interference factor u
i
can be calculated according to
1
1
u
i
=
1
2R
i
cos
b
V
2
di
z
_
F
xi
+
ji
F
xs j
_
(4.28)
where
ji
F
xs j
is the sum of the forces from all points (r
si
,
b
) that corre
sponds to streamtube i. Similar expressions can be derived for the downwind
part of the turbine. The torque from the struts can be calculated in a similar
way as for the blades in a curved blade Darrieus turbine
T
s
(
b
) =
j
r
s j
F
Ts j
(
b
)
cos
j
, (4.29)
where
F
Ts j
(
b
) =
1
2
C
Ts j
(
b
)c
s j
r
s
V
rs j
(
b
)
2
.
4.1.3 Obtaining lift and drag coefcients
In the streamtube model, it is necessary to have the lift and drag coefcients
for a given angle of attack. Experimental data can be used to obtain these if
the Reynolds number and angle of attack are known. For several symmetrical
NACA proles, such data can be obtained from [50], which has been used in
this work. The problem with this kind of data is that it usually is valid for very
long blades and a static angle of attack. For a vertical axis turbine, the blades
will change their angles of attack during the revolution.
When the angle of attack for a blade increases above the stall angle, the ow
will separate from the blade surface, which reduces the lift force and increases
the drag. The ow separation takes time to develop and if the blade rapidly
increases its angle of attack, the lift force can be higher than in the static case
for a short period of time. During this time, a vortex starts to form at the
surface of the blade and when this vortex detaches, the lift force is greatly
reduced. This phenomenon is called dynamic stall. When the turbine has a
low tip speed ratio, the angles of attack become high enough for the blades to
experience this in each revolution. This occurs for tip speed ratios around 4.
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To model dynamic stall, the Gormont model has been used. This model was
originally developed by Gormont [51], later modied by Mass [52] and ad
justed by Berg [53]. The advantages of this model is that it only requires data
for lift and drag coefcients, ow velocity, blade thickness to chord ratio, an
gle of attack and rate of change of the angle of attack, making it easy to apply
to any blade, which is the reason why this model was chosen. Other mod
els have been shown to give better results [3]. One example is the Beddoes
Leishman model [54,55], but it has more parameters that have to be calibrated,
which makes it harder to apply the model to an arbitrary airfoil.
Tip effects
For a blade to obtain a lift force, there has to be circulation around the blade
(cf. Kutta Joukowski lift formula, equation (4.57)). Since the vorticity is di
vergence free
_
=
V
_
V
_
= 0
_
, there are vortices generated
from the blade tips with the same circulation as around the blade. These vor
tices are the source of induced drag, and the corresponding losses. It should be
noted that the curved blade Darrieus turbine does not have any distinct blade
tips (the blades are attached to the main axis). Here, the tip vortices have
to leave the blades more evenly distributed over the length of the blade, and
in the model of Paraschivoiu, no tip losses are applied to curved blade Dar
rieus turbines. For straight blade turbines, one correction model, derived from
Prandtls theory for screw propellers, used by e.g. Sharpe [48], uses a velocity
correction factor F, which for the upstream disc is
F
i
=
arccos
_
e
a
i
s
i
_
arccos
_
e
h
2s
i
_, (4.30)
where
s
i
=
V
ei
N
b
, (4.31)
a
i
=
h
2
z
ai
 , (4.32)
z
ai
is the altitude (with zero dened in the center of the turbine) and h is the
turbine height. A corresponding expression exists for the downstream disc.
The new expressions for velocity and angle of attack are
V
ri
= V
di
_
R
i
V
di
sin
bi
_
2
+F
2
i
cos
2
bi
cos
2
i
, (4.33)
i
= arctan
F
i
cos
bi
cos
i
sin
bi
R
i
V
di
+
i
. (4.34)
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In addition, Paraschivoiu [3] suggests using nite wing theory as well to cal
culate induced drag and reduced angle of attack. This is given by
C
Li
=
C
Li
1
a
0i
AR
i
, (4.35)
a
0i
= 1.8
_
1+
0.8t
bi
c
i
_
, (4.36)
C
D
i
= C
Di
+
C
2
Li
AR
i
, (4.37)
bi
=
i
C
Li
AR
i
, (4.38)
where AR is the aspect ratio, t
b
the blade thickness, C
L
and C
D
lift and
drag coefcients for an innitely long blade and
b
the corrected angle of
attack. Paraschivoiu suggests that equations (4.35) (4.38) should not be ap
plied to dynamic stall calculations, but since this would lead to a discontinuity
in the limit when dynamic stall starts to have an effect, the current implemen
tation uses equations (4.35), (4.36) and (4.38), then calculates the dynamic
stall corrections to the lift coefcient, and then calculates the induced drag
using equation (4.37) with the new lift coefcient. It should be noted that
equations (4.35) (4.38) are derived using the assumption that the angle of at
tack is constant, the tip vortices extend along a straight line behind the blade,
and the wing is elliptical, which is not the case for a vertical axis turbine. This
has to be taken into account when evaluating the accuracy of the model for
straight blade turbines.
4.1.4 Corrections due to ow curvature
As was illustrated in section 2.4, there are effects due to ow curvature that
should be taken into account. With the denition of the velocity as in the
streamtube model (V V), the assumption of straight stream lines ( = 0),
using that the reference velocity V
re f
is the relative velocity V
r
and using the
velocity at the turbine disc V
d
instead of V
abs
, equation (2.52) gives
= +arctan
V
d
cos
b
RV
d
sin
b
x
0r
c
V
r
c
4V
r
. (4.39)
This is included in the adaptation of Sharp [48], but with the assumptions that
the curvature force only acts in the normal direction and that the mounting
point is in the center of the blade (x
0r
= 0). With the assumption
C
N
= a
s
, (4.40)
the correction to the normal coefcient becomes
C
N
=C
N0
a
s
c
4V
r
, (4.41)
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z
y
a
y
a
ye
a
z
e
a
z
b
z
e
1
b
z
b
y
1
b
ye
Figure 4.3. Illustration of the crosssection for a streamtube at the three positions: Far
ahead of turbine (black), at the upstream disc (white) and in the center (hatched).
where C
N0
is the original normal force without corrections.
4.1.5 Including ow expansion
In contrast with the model of Read and Sharpe [47], the model of Paraschi
voiu does not include streamtube expansion in the basic implementation. One
method for implementing the expansion was used by Paraschivoiu [56] where
the streamtubes were allowed to expand, but the direction of the velocity was
not changed. In this implementation, similar to the one by Read and Sharpe,
it was assumed that streamtube expansion only occurs in the horizontal plane,
and that the streamline that intersects the turbine center is unchanged. In this
work, the assumption is instead that the ow can expand both in the vertical
and the horizontal directions. It is assumed that the direction of the expansion
depends on the ratio between the width and height of the turbine. Assume that
the streamtube size at the turbine disc is unity A
d
= 1, at innity A
= b
y
b
z
and at the center A
e
= b
ye
b
ze
(see gure 4.3). By dening
a
y
= 1b
y
and a
ye
= 1+b
ye
(4.42)
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and the corresponding expressions in the z direction, the assumption about the
ratio between the horizontal and vertical expansion is
a
y
=
D
h
a
z
and a
ye
=
D
h
a
ze
. (4.43)
Combining equations (4.16), (4.19), (4.42) and (4.43) gives the streamtube
size
b
y
=
1
2
h
2D
+
_
h
2D
+
1
2
_
2
h
D
(1u), (4.44)
b
ye
=
1
2
h
2D
+
_
h
2D
+
1
2
_
2
h
D
_
1
u
2u1
_
. (4.45)
With these known, the continuity equation gives the expressions in the z
direction as
b
zq
= 1
h
D
(1b
yq
), (4.46)
where the index q can be either e or . The size of the streamtube is obtained
as
y
q
= b
zq
y
d
and z
q
= b
zq
z
d
. (4.47)
Using the assumption that the center streamtube is a straight line, the position
of the streamtube at innity and in the middle is given by the integral
y
q
=
y
d
_
0
b
yq
dy
d
, (4.48)
which is evaluated as a sumover the streamtubes. It is assumed that the stream
tubes located at the same vertical or horizontal position at the turbine disc, also
are located vertically or horizontally to each other at innity and in the center
as well.
For the downstream disc, the equations are similar, with the difference that
the middle is the starting position. To connect the values between the two
discs, the vertical and horizontal positions for each streamtube at the middle
are calculated for both discs. The starting values for the downstream disc
are obtained through interpolation from the values calculated by the upstream
part. In this way, there are different sets of streamtubes upstream and down
stream. This has the advantage that the points where the streamtubes cross
the downstream disc are xed to the same positions as without the expansion
model (the other solution would have been to connect the streamtubes through
the whole turbine, which for twodimensional expansion would increase the
complexity of the model signicantly).
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4.2 Vortex models
To describe the motion of a uid, the continuity equation and NavierStokes
equations are used. The continuity equation
t
+
_
V
_
= 0 (4.49)
represents the conservation of mass. Due to the low ow velocities present for
wind and marine current turbines, the ow can be considered incompressible.
In this case, the continuity equation reduces to
V = 0. (4.50)
NavierStokes equations are derived from Newtons second law and can in the
incompressible case be written as
V
t
+
_
V
_
V =
p
+g+
2
V, (4.51)
where g is the acceleration of gravity and is the kinematic viscosity. These
are nonlinear partial differential equations, which only have closed form solu
tions in rare cases. Numerical solutions can be obtained with traditional nite
element/volume methods, where these equations are solved on a grid with the
velocity as the unknown variable. An alternative method is to use the vortex
formulation, where the vorticity
=
V (4.52)
is used instead. The vorticity equation is obtained fromthe rotation of equation
(4.51) according to
t
+
_
V
_
= ( )
V +
2
. (4.53)
The left hand side represents the convection of vorticity. The rst term on
the right hand side is the vortex stretching, and the second is the diffusion of
vorticity. These equations showthat the vorticity moves with the owvelocity.
In the twodimensional case, the vorticity is directed along the zaxis, while
the ow occurs in the x  y plane. Due to orthogonality, vortex stretching does
not apply in the twodimensional case, and with = z,
t
+
_
V
_
=
2
. (4.54)
For vortex methods, it is more common to use a Lagrangian description
rather than an Eulerian (which is used in equations (4.51) (4.54)) [57, chap
ter 1]. In the Lagrangian description, the vorticity is discretized into vortices,
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which move with the ow. The use of these vortices removes the need for a
mesh (compared to e.g. the nite element method). The vortices are deter
mined by their positions r
i
and their circulations
i
. If diffusion is included,
equation (4.54) is solved in two steps, one convection step, which in the La
grangian description becomes
dr
i
dt
=
V
i
, (4.55)
and one diffusion step, which could either change the position of the vor
tex (like random walk [58]) or the circulation (like the vortex redistribution
method [59]). In this work, it is assumed that convection is much more im
portant than diffusion and when solving the time evaluation of the vortices,
diffusion is ignored. This is expected to be a good approximation in the tur
bine neighborhood outside the boundary layer of the blades. The divergence
of the vorticity is
=
_
V
_
= 0, (4.56)
i.e. the vorticity is divergence free. For twodimensional ow, this implies that
vortices are always created in pairs (or possibly higher order pairs). Kelvins
theorem [57, chapter 2] states that without viscosity, the circulation inside the
uid is conserved for a vortex, and the implication is that vorticity can only be
created at the boundaries.
4.2.1 Implementing the turbine
With the vortex model, it is theoretically possible to calculate the lift and drag
forces for an airfoil. However, this requires a full solution of NavierStokes
equations, which is very timeconsuming, and adds a large amount of vortices
to the ow at each time step. As a simplication, the same procedure as for the
streamtube models can be used, where experimental data and a dynamic stall
model are used to calculate lift and drag forces. In this implementation, the
experimental data and the dynamic stall model are the same for the streamtube
model and the vortex model. For the 3D corrections, the correction factor F in
equation (4.30) cannot be applied because the vortex model is a 2D model, but
equations (4.35) (4.38) can be applied in the same way as for the streamtube
model, described in section 4.1.3.
The calculation of the angle of attack can either be performed by calculat
ing the velocity at the turbine position and applying the corrections derived in
section 2.4, or by solving the potential ow problem. In this implementation,
the potential ow solution is chosen, because it can handle a varying velocity
eld and ow curvature. Linear panels are used according to section 4.2.3 to
calculate the potential ow solution. These equations are not fully determined
without knowledge of the total circulation around the blade. As it is this cir
culation that is of interest for the lift force, closure is obtained by applying the
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Kutta condition, which states that the velocity at the trailing edge of an airfoil
should be nite [27, chapter 3]. The potential ow solution gives an innite
velocity at an edge, unless it is a stagnation point, which therefore is enforced
with the Kutta condition. For a panel method, this can be achieved by forcing
the vorticity of the panels to be zero at the trailing edge. In the implementa
tion, the vorticity at the end of the panel on the upper side of the blade is set to
the same vorticity as the panel on the lower side. With this condition and the
nopenetration boundary condition, the circulation can be calculated. To get
the angle of attack from the circulation, the method is calibrated by calculat
ing the circulation for a set of stationary airfoils with known angles of attack.
These values are used to create an inverse function, which gives the angle of
attack from the circulation.
By using the conservation of vorticity, one vortex has to be released be
hind the trailing edge every timestep with a circulation corresponding to the
change in circulation for the blade. Since experimental data and a dynamic
stall model are applied to get the lift and drag forces, the effective circulation
will not be the one calculated from the Kutta condition if the blade is stalled.
To get the circulation, the same method as in Strickland [60] is used, where
the KuttaJoukowski lift formula
=
1
2
C
L
cV (4.57)
gives the circulation from the lift coefcient. With the circulation known, the
strength of the released vortex can be calculated. By adding an additional vor
tex to the ow, the angle of attack changes slightly. As calculating the circula
tion from empirical data combined with the dynamic stall model is nonlinear,
the procedure to calculate the angle of attack with the Kutta condition and
recalculating the strength of the released vortex can be iterated. Considering
that equation (4.57) is derived from potential theory, this approximation is best
suited when the drag is low.
For a turbine, it is often the case that the turbine blades are quite small com
pared to the distance between them. The rst simplication with this approxi
mation is that the circulation of each blade can be solved separately. Another
approximation is to assume that each blade can be represented with a single
point circulation during the vortex convection. With this approximation, there
is no need to calculate the velocity due to any panels on the blade surface. Be
cause it is more expensive to calculate the velocity of a panel, approximating
the blade with a single point can signicantly improve computational speed
when calculating the vortex velocities. Further, as the Kutta condition is not
satised as the circulation is modied by the empirical data, the ow velocity
at the trailing edge would be innite if the panels were to be used, which is
unphysical. The approximation with a single circulation does not suffer from
this problem if a Gaussian vortex is used according to equation (4.64). Within
this approximation, a vortex can theoretically end up inside a blade when us
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ing the Kutta condition. If this is the case, that vortex is ignored during this
time step.
4.2.2 Merging vortices
The vortex method creates one vortex for each blade during each time step.
For long simulations, this will cause a steady increase in computational time
for each time step. However, some of the vortices that have propagated to
positions far behind the turbine can be merged without loosing any signicant
accuracy.
To properly merge two vortices, there are some conservation laws that
should be satised. First, the total circulation should be conserved
1
+
2
= const. (4.58)
Secondly, the center of vorticity should be conserved as well
x
1
1
+x
2
2
= const,
y
1
1
+y
2
2
= const. (4.59)
By satisfying these equations, a new vortex can be created, which is a rea
sonable representation of the two old ones. This procedure can be performed
for all vortices, which are closer to each other than a cutoff radius , where
the value of is increased with increasing distance behind the turbine. The
merging is only performed on vortices with the same sign for the circulation,
where the merged vortex actually will be located somewhere in between the
old ones.
4.2.3 Calculation of velocity
Since the vortex method propagates the vortices with the ow according to
equation (4.55), the velocity needs to be calculated. The velocity eld is tra
ditionally divided into two parts (or more)
V = +
, (4.60)
where the rst part is the potential owsolution for the system(where
V =
0), and the second part is the contribution from all vortices.
Potential ow solution
In the most simple case without any boundaries, the potential ow solution
will be the asymptotic velocityV
=
1
4
p
(r r
i
)
r r
i

3
, (4.61)
which in the twodimensional case (note that a point in 2D is a line in 3D)
with complex numbers simplies to
V
=
i
2
1
(r r
i
)
. (4.62)
Here, r is a complex number representing the position in the x and ydirection
according to r = x +iy and r denotes the complex conjugate of the position.
This assumes point vortices, which have the vorticity
=
(2)
(r r
i
), (4.63)
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where
(2)
is the twodimensional Dirac delta function. Numerically, equa
tion (4.62) diverges when the distance approaches zero. To avoid these un
physical divergences in the velocity, a mollier is usually applied to the vor
tices. Here, a Gaussian kernel has been applied, giving the vorticity
=
2
e
rr
i

2
2
(4.64)
which, for a given number of vortices with strengths
i
at positions r
i
gives
the velocity
V
(r) =
N
v
i=1
i
i
2
1
(r r
i
)
_
1e
rr
i

2
2
_
. (4.65)
The vortex contribution in a channel
If a wall is included in the simulation domain at Im(r) = 0 and the no pene
tration boundary condition applies at this wall, the method of images can be
used to obtain the ow velocity from a vortex at position r
j
by adding an ad
ditional vortex at the mirror position r
j
with opposite strength. For a channel
with an additional wall at Im(r) = H, the solution will consist of an innite
series of mirror vortices. It has been shown in [62] that this series converges
to the analytical expression
V
(r) =
N
v
i=1
i
j
2
_
coth
_
2H
(r r
j
)
_
coth
_
2H
(r r
j
)
__
. (4.66)
This equation requires that the channel height is constant. This method is used
in paper IV. Otherwise, the linear panel method can be used to create channels
of arbitrary shapes [61] and this method is used in paper V.
4.2.4 Numerical evaluation of the velocity eld
At every timestep, the velocities at each vortex position, and at each control
point for the panels, have to be calculated. This can be accomplished by di
rect evaluation of equation 4.61. Assuming N
v
vortices and N
p
panels, this
would require O
_
N
2
v
_
+O(N
v
N
p
) +O
_
N
2
p
_
operations. The evaluation of the
velocity of a panel is much more expensive than the velocity of a point vortex.
This is the reason why a speedup is obtained for the approximation that the
blades are considered as single circulations during the convection phase of the
vortices, although the innite velocity at the trailing edge also warrants this
approximation, see section 4.2.1. The velocity contributions from the panels
to the vortices are therefore only included in paper V, where panels are used
to model a channel.
To efciently evaluate the velocity, the fast multipole method [63] can be
used. The current implementation is based on the one described in [23], but
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with multipole expansions of the linear panels included similar to the im
plementation in [61], which allows the total velocity to be evaluated with
O(N
v
+N
p
) operations instead. In the case of a channel (paper IV), a method
for implementing equation (4.66) using the fast multipole method is given
in [62], which has been implemented in combination with the models from[23,
61].
The fast multipole method
The fast multipole method is a method for rapid evaluation of pairwise interac
tions between particles, originally developed by Greengard and Rhoklin [63].
This method works by dividing the domain, where the interaction particles are
located, into smaller and smaller boxes. The implementation used here splits
each box into four smaller boxes for each level and the number of levels is
decided from the amount of particles in the domain.
For each box, a multipole expansion can be formed around the center of the
box r
0
according to [63] as
V (r) = a
0
log(r r
0
) +
k=1
a
k
(r r
0
)
k
. (4.67)
Expanding the harmonic potential
V (r) = q
j
1
r
i
r
, (4.68)
where
q
i
=
i
i
2
, (4.69)
results in a
0
= 0. The coefcients a
k
are given by
a
k
=
N
d
j=1
q
j
(r
j
r
0
)
k1
(4.70)
where N
d
is the number of particles in the box and r
0
is the box center. This ex
pansion can be used to calculate the velocity from the particles inside the box
for any point located with sufcient distance from the box. Equation (4.67)
is truncated to include coefcients up to a
p
. The required distance for con
vergence of the truncated version of equation (4.67) depends on the number
of multipole coefcients p in the expansion and the required tolerance of the
algorithm.
Instead of expanding the particles of box m around the center of box m, the
expansion can instead be performed around the center of another box n, under
the condition that the distances from the center of box n to the points in box m
are large enough. This local expansion is
V (r) =
l=0
b
l
(r r
0
)
l
, (4.71)
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Algorithm 4.1 Multipole to multipole translation
for k = p downto 2 do
for j = k to p do
a
j
:= a
j
+(r
0m
r
0n
) a
j1
end for
end for
Algorithm 4.2 Local to local translation
for k = 0 to p do
for j = pk to p1 do
b
j
:= b
j
(r
0m
r
0n
) b
j+1
end for
end for
where
b
l
=
N
d
j=1
q
j
(r
j
r
0
)
l+1
. (4.72)
Similar to equation (4.67), equation (4.71) will also be truncated to include
coefcients up to b
p
. The main difference between multipole and local ex
pansions is that a multipole expansion for box m is valid in all points with
sufcient distance to box m, while a local expansion only is valid inside the
box itself. Instead, all points with sufcient distance to box n can form a local
expansion inside box n. The fast multipole method combines these two prop
erties using that it is possible to convert the multipole expansion of box m to a
local expansion in box n according to the expression (assuming a
0
= 0)
b
l
=
1
(r
0m
r
0n
)
l
k=1
a
k
(r
0m
r
0n
)
k
_
l +k 1
k 1
_
(1)
k
(4.73)
under the assumption that the distance between the two boxes is large enough
(well separated boxes). The fast multipole method operates on all levels in the
multipole tree. To convert multipole and local expansions from one level to
another, the algorithm uses that the center of both multipole and local expan
sions can be shifted according to algorithms 4.1 and 4.2.
An illustration of the fast multipole method is given in gure 4.4, where the
boxes have been divided according to the geometric mean.
The rst step consists of using equation (4.70) to create multipole expan
sions in each box on the lowest level as illustrated for one box in gure 4.4 (a).
The second step consists of shifting all multipole expansions of the lower
level to the level above according to algorithm 4.1. This is illustrated in g
ure 4.4 (b), where the multipole expansions of four boxes are combined into
one. The quadrant marked 1 illustrates the rst shift, the quadrant marked 2 the
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1
2 3
3
3
2 1
1
(a) Multipole initialization (b) Multipole to multipole
shift
(c) Multipole to local shift (d) Multipole to local shift
(e) local to local shift (f) Multipole evaluation
Figure 4.4. Illustration of the fast multipole method.
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second shift and the two quadrants marked 3 the third and nal shift to the top
level. After this shift, all boxes on all levels have their multipole expansions.
The third step consists of converting multipole expansions to local expan
sions according to equation (4.73), which is illustrated in gure 4.4 (c) and
(d). This operation is performed for all boxes, but for simplicity, the operation
is only illustrated for one box in gure 4.4. At each level, the neighboring
boxes are divided between those in the near eld and those in the far eld.
The boxes in the far eld can be evaluated through a local expansion in the
box. The highest level only contains one box and in the homogeneous case in
gure 4.4, the second level with only four boxes also has all boxes in the near
eld. As no multipole to local shifts are performed at these two levels, they are
omitted from gure 4.4. At the third level, the boxes marked with grey in (c)
are in the far eld, hence local expansions of these boxes can be created in the
selected box (the arrows in the gure represent these shifts). The white boxes
represent the near eld, which have to be handled at a lower level. The fourth
level is illustrated in gure 4.4 (d). Here, those boxes that were shifted at the
previous level have been marked with dark grey as they have already com
pleted their interaction with the illustrated box. The other grey boxes interact
with the current box through equation (4.73).
As the interactions with equation (4.73) occur at different levels, the local
expansions of the higher levels have to be shifted down to the lower levels,
which is performed according to algorithm 4.2. This step is similar to the
multipole to multipole shift, but here, the shift starts from the top level and
moves downward, as illustrated by the numbers in gure 4.4 (e). It can be
noted that since there are no multipole to local shifts on the top two levels, both
the local to local shift and the multipole to multipole shifts of the two highest
levels could have been omitted, but were kept here for illustrative purposes.
When all local expansions have been formed at the lowest level, the veloc
ity can be evaluated at each evaluation point in the box according to equa
tion (4.71), giving the velocity contribution of all boxes in the far eld. What
remains is to calculate the contribution of the boxes still remaining in the near
eld at the lowest level, which is performed for each evaluation point in the
box using direct interaction with all particles in all boxes in the near eld.
To obtain maximum speed for the method, a suitable number of particles
in each box N
d
at the lowest level needs to be determined. The computational
time of the direct evaluation is
t
d
= k
d1
N
box
i=1
jNF
i
N
di
N
d j
, (4.74)
where NF
i
is the set of all boxes in the near eld of box i, N
di
and N
d j
are the
number of particles in boxes i and j respectively, N
box
is the number of boxes
and k
d1
is a constant. If the number of particles per box is approximately
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constant, the expression simplies to
t
d
= k
d2
NN
d
, (4.75)
where N is the total number of particles, N
d
the number of particles per box
and k
d2
another constant (k
d2
9k
d1
for the system i gure 4.4). If N
d
is too
high, an extra level can be added, reducing the N
d
by four. The cost is that
the number of multipole to local shifts for an additional level is approximately
four times higher than for the previous level. Hence, there will be an optimal
N
d
that minimizes the total computational time.
The adaptive fast multipole method
The homogeneous implementation of the fast multipole method, as illustrated
in gure 4.4, works well for uniform particle distributions, where N
d
is ap
proximately constant for all boxes. For less uniform particle distributions, N
d
will be different for different boxes as seen in gure 4.5 (a). If the particle den
sity is very high in a neighborhood, these boxes contain many particles, which
increases the computational time according to equation (4.74). To account for
this problem, an adaptive method is necessary.
There are two common ways of implementing an adaptive fast multipole
method. One method is based on using different number of levels at dif
ferent positions in the multipole tree (midpoint adaptivity), illustrated in g
ure 4.5 (b) for two different particle distributions. This adaptivity splits each
box that contains more than a given number of particles into four subboxes,
hence preventing too many boxes in the near eld. The advantage of this
method is that all boxes still have a square shape, which is benecial for the
convergence of the multipole and local expansions, hence keeping the number
of boxes in the near eld relatively low. Fixed box sizes can also be benecial
for the shift operations [64], as there are simplications that can be made if the
distances of two shifts are the same. Disadvantages are that the N
d
will vary
between the boxes as each split divides in four parts, and that the implemen
tations of the shift operators becomes more complicated as interactions occur
between different levels.
The second adaptive method, which is the one implemented in paper IX,
splits the boxes around the median point instead of the geometric midpoint.
This is called asymmetric adaptivity and is illustrated in gure 4.5 (c). This
adaptivity causes all boxes to have approximately equal N
d
, which can be
benecial when parallelizing the algorithm. While xed rules can be applied to
determine the near eld for the midpoint adaptivity, the asymmetric adaptivity
is based on the  criterion, which states
Criterion 1. Let r
0i
and r
0j
be centers of boxes containing the sets of elements
S
i
and S
j
respectively. Dene r
i
maxS
i
r
0i
and r
j
max
_
_
S
j
r
0j
_
_
. Let
d
b
_
_
S
j
r
0j
_
_
, R
b
max(r
i
, r
j
) and r
b
min(r
i
, r
j
). Then the two boxes
are well separated if R
b
+r
b
d
b
, (0, 1) .
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(a) Homogenous FMM
(b) Midpoint adaptivity
(c) Assymetric adaptivity
Figure 4.5. Comparison between different adaptivity schemes for a normal distribu
tion and a spiral. Case (a) and case (c) have the same number of boxes (64), while
case (b) has slightly more (88 and 115) in this particular case.
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Figure 4.6. Illustration of the interactions for asymmetric adaptivity for two boxes.
The black boxes represent the interacting boxes (one interacting box in each gure),
the white boxes represent neareld interactions according to the  criterion, grey
represent the far eld interactions at current level and dark grey represent the far eld
interactions at previous levels.
The value of is a design parameter, where high values for require many
multipole coefcients, but give few near eld interactions. The value = 0.5
was chosen in the current work. With xed , the number of multipole and
local coefcients determines the tolerance of the code.
A disadvantage with asymmetric adaptivity is that the shape of the boxes
varies and large boxes can have many boxes in their near elds according to
criterion 1. This is illustrated in gure 4.6, where the larger box has near
eld connections to more boxes than the smaller one. This is most notable in
the spiral particle distribution in gure 4.5 (c), where the median split caused
some boxes to extend over both the inner and outer part of the spiral. A further
disadvantage is that the sorting becomes more complicated as nding the me
dian point is computationally more expensive than splitting at the geometric
midpoint.
As the symmetries described in [64] cannot be used, the size of all boxes
have been reduced, which reduces the number of boxes in the near eld. Size
reduction could be applied for the midpoint adaptivity as well, at the cost of
not being able to use the symmetries in [64]. The current implementation of
the code performs all multipole to local translations within the same multipole
level (similar to the homogenous case in gure 4.4).
CPU versus GPU
The fast multipole method has been implemented both for the central pro
cessing unit (CPU) and the graphics processing unit (GPU), and the results
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for these architectures are analyzed in paper IX. A brief introduction to the
different systems is given here.
The traditional CPU consists of a relatively small number of CPU cores,
where each core is relatively fast. This is to be compared to the GPU, where
there are many slower computational cores. As the GPU used in Paper IX is
a Nvidia Tesla C2075, this GPU (which is based on Nvidias CUDA architec
ture) will be in focus when describing the GPU architecture. This GPU has
14 multiprocessors which each have 32 cores, giving a total of 448 cores. The
GPU has several threads grouped together into a warp (where the size of a
warp is 32 threads). Within a warp, only one instruction can be executed at
the same time by all the threads in this warp, although all threads can oper
ate on different data. This is called single instruction multiple data (SIMD).
If different threads within a warp have to perform different operations at the
same time, all instructions have to be serialized, where the CUDA cores of the
threads not executing the particular instruction become idle. If the number of
threads within the warp is not equal to 32, it will also mean that the rest of
the 32 CUDA cores become idle [65, chapter 4]. To fully use the GPU, the
algorithm has to be data parallel in a way that 32 identical instructions can
be executed all the time. To compare with the CPU case, most modern PC
processors support streaming SIMD extensions (SSE), which allows for sim
ple algebraic operations to be performed on two double precision numbers (or
four single precision numbers) in one operation [66]. To get a good compari
son with the GPU code, the entire multipole evaluation phase was written with
SSE instructions in the CPU case, which accelerated most parts with a factor
close to two.
In the GPU computational model, functions (called kernels) are sent from
the CPU to the GPU. Each kernel contains a set of code to be executed and
all threads execute this kernel. A kernel will be launched with a predened
number of threads, which are grouped together into blocks. Communication
between threads is typically only performed within the block, as there is cur
rently no synchronization method between different blocks, except for ending
the kernel and launching a new one, although some methods for sharing mem
ory between blocks have been developed, see e.g. [67, appendix A]. Com
munication between threads within a block is performed through a special
fast memory called shared memory, of which each multiprocessor has its own
(48 kB on the Tesla C2075). For optimal performance, the number of threads
is usually a multiple of the warp size to avoid idle cores as all threads in a warp
must belong to the same block.
The GPU programming model is based on launching a large number of
threads and each core will therefore run many threads. Several blocks can run
on the same multiprocessor simultaneously to increase the number of active
threads. The GPU is very fast at switching between threads and the large
number of threads per core is used to hide the time it takes to complete certain
instructions by issuing other instructions in the meantime. Too few threads
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Part Time Part Time
Direct evaluation (P2P) 43 % Connectivity 1 %
Sorting 30 % Multipole to multipole
Multipole to local shift (M2L) 11 % shift (M2M) < 1 %
Multipole initialization (P2M) 5 % Local to local (L2L) < 1 %
Multipole evaluation (L2P) 2 % Other 8 %
Table 4.1. Time distribution among different parts in the GPU implementation for
optimal N
d
.
executing on a multiprocessor result in lower performance. One case where
this could occur is if each thread requires too much shared memory, as the
48 kB has to be enough for all threads together.
The FMM on the GPU
The implementation of the FMM on the GPU is given in paper IX and only
a brief description is given here, where more focus is given to the more com
putationally expensive parts. All parts of the code are implemented on the
GPU.
The sorting successively splits a box in two parts according to a chosen
pivot point. After each split, the part that does not contain the median will
be excluded for the next split until the median is found. This will require
O(logN
d
) steps to complete. For the CPU, a split can be performed in a single
pass by interchanging elements. The GPU uses a two pass algorithm, where
the rst step counts the elements (each thread has its on subset of elements).
Then the cumulative sum is calculated between the threads and afterward, the
elements can be inserted into a common array. The speed of the sorting code
depends on the number of particles in each box and if the number becomes too
low, all 32 threads of the warp will no longer be active, hence reducing speed
for small boxes. The connectivity (application of criterion 1) is determined
with one thread per box making the code very similar to the CPU version.
The multipole to local shift (M2L) uses one thread block to calculate the
interaction of one box (possibly two boxes if few interactions). Two threads
per box are used, where one thread shifts the real part and the other shifts the
imaginary part. The algorithm will store the entire set of coefcients to shift
in shared memory as it is used several times during the shift. In other respects,
the implementation is similar to the CPU implementation and as the operation
can perform shifts from two boxes within a block, it can often use most of the
32 threads of the warp. Multipole to multipole (M2M) and local to local (L2L)
shifts work similarly, but each level is evaluated in its own kernel launch as the
shifts depend on the results from the shifts at the previous level, see gure 4.4.
The number of shifts per box is xed to 4, hence 4 boxes use 32 threads and
all threads of the warp can be used.
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0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70
0
5
10
15
20
25
N
d
S
p
e
e
d
u
p
Sort
P2M
L2P
P2P
Figure 4.7. Computational time as a function of number of particles per box.
The direct interaction (P2P) uses one block for one box and loops through
all boxes in the near eld. The particle positions are loaded into shared mem
ory for speed issues, and 1, 2 or 4 threads are used for each particle to keep
all threads of the warp occupied throughout the calculations. With too few
particles in the box however, there will still be problems in keeping all threads
occupied, hence performance is reduced. For the CPU, the symmetry that the
interaction between two particles is mutual (if source and evaluation points
are identical) is applied, which reduces the computational time with almost a
factor of 2. Symmetries are not applied for the GPU, as it is desirable that two
threads do not write to the same memory position for a threadsafe code.
The multipole evaluation (L2P) uses one thread for each particle and caches
the coefcients. Otherwise, it is similar to (P2P). The multipole initialization
(P2M) uses one block per box and 1 or 2 threads per particle, but requires
extra thread synchronization and summation as all particles contribute to all
coefcients.
Computational times for the GPU implementation
The time distribution between the different parts in the GPU case is illustrated
in table 4.1 for N = 45 2
16
, giving N
d
= 45 and 8 levels. The most time
consuming part is the direct evaluation (P2P), followed by the sorting and
the multipole to local evaluation. For a detailed study, timing experiments of
all individual parts have been performed. The performance with respect to
the number of particles is given in gure 4.7, where the speedup is the ratio
between the time of the single threaded highly optimized CPU version and
the time of the GPU version. The trends clearly show that the GPU performs
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10 20 30 40 50
0
5
10
15
20
25
p
S
p
e
e
d
u
p
P2M
M2M
M2L
L2L
L2P
Figure 4.8. Computational time as a function of number of multipole coefcients.
better for more particles in each box, since more threads can participate in
each operation, hence reducing the number of idle threads. With more than 64
points for L2P (which uses one thread/particle), 32 for P2M (which uses up to
two threads/particle) and 16 for P2P (which uses 4 threads/particle) one extra
loop iteration is required on the GPU, hence the big drop in performance. The
multiple threads per particle options for P2P and P2M were added as these are
the more computationally expensive parts of the code, see table 4.1.
The second timing experiment investigates the variation in speedup with
respect to the number of multipole coefcients. Figure 4.8 shows that the de
pendence on the number of multipole coefcients is less than the dependence
on the number of particles per box. L2P has a clear trend of increasing perfor
mance with more coefcients, which is where the computational overhead is
less dominant than the actual calculations. The shift operators M2M, M2L and
L2L works best at around 20 coefcients, where at higher number of coef
cients, the extensive usage of shared memory limits the number of blocks that
simultaneously can execute on the same multiprocessor. As an example, at 42
coefcients, M2L decreases from 4 to 3 blocks that can run simultaneously,
resulting in the drop in performance seen in gure 4.8. The time to determine
the connectivity depends only on the number of FMM levels. At one million
particles the speedup of this part is around 5 at optimal number of particles per
box.
The timing of the entire algorithm is given in gure 4.9. While the CPU
version follows the O
_
N
2
_
scaling of the direct evaluation and O(N) scaling
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10
3
10
4
10
5
10
6
10
7
10
4
10
3
10
2
10
1
10
0
10
1
N
T
i
m
e
(
s
)
N
2
N
GPU FMM
CPU FMM
GPU Direct
CPU Direct
Figure 4.9. Computational time as a function of number particles.
for the FMM in the entire plotted interval, the GPU direct evaluation has a
linear behavior at the beginning before all CUDA cores are fully occupied
and continues with an O
_
N
2
_
behavior at high numbers of particles. The
computational overhead in the GPU FMM algorithm causes the algorithm to
be almost independent of the number of particles for low N and results in an
O(N) behavior at high N. At around 3500 particles, it becomes more efcient
to use the FMM than direct evaluation for the GPU.
The speedup in the direct evaluation case is asymptotically 15 for direct
evaluation and 11 for FMM if source and evaluation points are identical, al
lowing for symmetries to be used in the direct evaluation in the CPU version.
Without symmetry, asymptotic speedup would be around 30 for direct evalua
tion and 15 for FMM.
The GPU version of the FMM is signicantly faster for large numbers of
particles. If vortex merging is applied to a simulation of a single turbine,
the number of vortices at the time of convergence would be around 1000
5000, depending on the accuracy. When simulating multiple turbines, both
the number of released vortices per timestep and the number of timesteps
increase before convergence. As the GPU FMM obtains its high speed up at
large numbers of particles, it is suitable for multiple turbine simulations, while
single turbine simulations works well for both GPU direct evaluation and the
CPU based FMM code.
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5. Simulation results
The simulation results are presented in two parts. The rst part contains a
comparison of the two different simulation models, and the different modi
cations of them. This is to illustrate how the simulation model works, which
generally is not presented in articles, and this section will therefore consist of
unpublished work. The second part consists of the results from the published
articles that are included in this thesis.
5.1 Evaluation of simulation tools
In this section, the experimental turbine located in Marsta outside Uppsala [16]
will be used as a reference case. In the simulated model, the turbine parameters
can be found in table 5.1. The struts are assumed to vary piecewise linearly
from the tip to the center, and from the center to the root. The trailing edge of
the strut is blunt at the root, and the at end is approximately 38 mm wide
at the root (approximately 18 mm at the center, and sharp at the tip). To
account for this, a set of airfoils with blunt trailing edges was simulated in
XFOIL [68], and the increase in drag due to the blunt trailing edge was added
as an additional drag term for the struts.
As a comparison, the simulated curves are compared to experimental val
ues, which were obtained according to [16]. The measurements were per
formed at a constant rotational velocity of around 6 rad/s, which means that
the values for higher tip speed ratios were obtained from lower ow veloci
ties, where external losses (e.g. mechanical/electrical losses etc) are more sig
nicant. Considering that the power coefcient is expected to increase with
increasing ow velocity (increasing Reynolds number), which is illustrated in
gure 5.1, the measured power coefcient will likely have its peak at a slightly
lower tip speed ratio than it would if the measurements would have been per
formed with constant ow velocity. In all simulations where comparisons are
made, the simulations are therefore performed at constant rotational velocity
as well.
For the measured data, the accuracy is consistent at low tip speed ratios
where the ow velocity is high, but shows a more scattered behavior at higher
tip speed ratios (see gure 5.1). For high tip speed ratios, the power is lower
due to the lower ow velocity, and uncertainties due to other losses, such as
bearing friction and generator losses etc. are more prominent, further increas
ing the uncertainty in this region. Due to the cubic relation between ow ve
locity and power, a small measurement error in wind speed will give a much
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Number of blades 3
Radius 3 m
Blade height 5 m
Blade prole NACA0021
Chord at center 0.25 m
Tapered blades (from blade tip) 1 m
Chord at tip 0.15 m
Strut prole NACA0025
Strut tip chord 0.2 m
Strut middle chord 0.28 m
Strut root chord 0.32 m
Strut root attachment point (from center) 0.2 m
Strut tip attachment point (from center) 1.15 m
Table 5.1. Turbine parameters
1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
Tip speed ratio
P
o
w
e
r
c
o
e
f
f
i
c
i
e
n
t
Measured points
Bins
= 8 rad/s
= 6 rad/s
= 4 rad/s
Figure 5.1. Simulated power coefcient for different rotational velocities to illustrate
Reynolds number dependence. The curve Bins is the calculated average of the mea
sured points using the method of bins [16].
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1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
Tip speed ratio
P
o
w
e
r
c
o
e
f
f
i
c
i
e
n
t
Measured points
Bins
No struts
No flow correction
Flow correction
Figure 5.2. Simulated power coefcient with and without strut modeling compared to
measured data.
larger contribution to the power coefcient and since the measurements are 10
minute mean values, changes in ow velocity during the measurement period
also contribute to the measurement error.
5.1.1 Strut modeling
Struts can either be modeled as only giving drag (which was done in [49])
using an equivalent drag for the all struts only varying with the rotational ve
locity, or the equations in section 4.1.2 can be used, which include lift force
on struts and corrections to the ow velocity. Lift force on struts occur if the
struts (or the ow velocity) are not horizontally aligned (in paper I of this the
sis, the struts are horizontally aligned, and only the drag terms are included
without the ow corrections). The differences between including struts with
ow corrections or not can be seen in gure 5.2. In these simulations, curva
ture modeling with angle correction and all tip corrections are enabled, but no
expansion model. By comparing the three simulated gures, the strut model,
including lift force on struts and owcorrections, obtains a higher power coef
cient at low tip speed ratios, which is closer to the measurements. All models
estimate a higher power coefcient than measurements at high tip speed ratios,
but by using strut modeling, the values are closer to the measurements.
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1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
Tip speed ratio
P
o
w
e
r
c
o
e
f
f
i
c
i
e
n
t
Measured points
Bins
With expansion
Without expansion
Figure 5.3. Simulated power coefcient with and without expansion modeling com
pared to measured data.
5.1.2 Expansion model
The expansion model used is described in section 4.1.5. The expansion sim
ulations have been performed using strut modeling, all tip corrections and
curvature modeling with angle correction. Flow expansion effects are most
prominent at high axial induction factors (dened in equation (2.9)), which
can be seen in gure 5.3, where the expansion model causes the power coef
cient to decrease for high tip speed ratios. This is caused by a larger region
of low velocities at the downstream disc. When comparing with experiments,
the expansion model is closer to the experiments at high tip speed ratios, but
the peak value is lower than the simulated one. Neither of the two curves is
able to match the slope of the measured curve at high tip speed ratios. As
another comparison, the results are compared with vortex method results in
gure 5.4. In this comparison, struts and tip corrections are omitted, since the
twodimensional vortex model cannot model these threedimensional effects
properly. The blades were also simulated with uniform chord, while the real
turbine has tapered blades. The compared tip speed ratio of 4.5 was chosen
quite high to make expansion effects more prominent. In gure 5.4, the re
gion 90 to 90 degrees in blade position correspond to the upstream disc. The
peak tangential force is approximately the same for both models, but due to
ow expansion effects, the vortex model obtains a smaller region where the
tangential force is high on the upstream disc, but a wider region on the down
stream disc. From these results, it can be seen that the expansion model causes
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100 0 100 200 300
5
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
Blade position (degrees)
T
a
n
g
e
n
t
i
a
l
f
o
r
c
e
(
N
)
Vortex model
Streamtube without expansion
Streamtube with expansion
Figure 5.4. Simulated tangential force with and without expansion modeling at tip
speed ratio 4.5, compared to simulations using a vortex method.
a lower tangential force downstream, while according to the vortex model, it
is upstream that the force should be decreased.
5.1.3 Tip correction model
For the tip corrections, there are two models used for streamtube theory. Model
1 is based on screw propeller theory and model 2 comes from nite wing the
ory. These models are described in section 4.1.3. Sharpe [48] uses only the
screwpropeller model in his work, but Paraschivoiu [3] uses both models. Fig
ure 5.5 shows that the rst model gives the largest contribution to the results
and all simulations omitting this correction have too high power coefcient
for high tip speed ratios. The use of the nite wing theory corrections, as used
by Paraschivoiu, lowers the power coefcient slightly, which is better at high
tip speed ratios, but gives a too low peak power coefcient. It is therefore
inconclusive if the nite wing theory model should be included or not.
5.1.4 Curvature modeling
There are two different curvature models described in section 4.1.4. One is
based on correcting the normal force coefcient C
N
, which is used by e.g.
Sharpe [48], while the other one corrects the angle of attack of the blade.
Paraschivoiu does not mention any ow curvature modeling in his work [3].
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1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
Tip speed ratio
P
o
w
e
r
c
o
e
f
f
i
c
i
e
n
t
Measured points
Bins
No tip corrections
Only model 1
Only model 2
Both models
Figure 5.5. Simulated power coefcient for different implementations of tip vortex
corrections.
1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
Tip speed ratio
P
o
w
e
r
c
o
e
f
f
i
c
i
e
n
t
Measured points
Bins
No correction
C
N
correction
Angle correction
Figure 5.6. Simulated power coefcient when using curvature modeling.
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100 0 100 200 300
15
10
5
0
5
10
Blade position
A
n
g
l
e
o
f
a
t
t
a
c
k
(
d
e
g
r
e
e
s
)
Vortex model
No correction
C
N
correction
Angle correction
Figure 5.7. Comparison of simulated angle of attack for one revolution between the
streamtube model and a vortex model.
When comparing against the measured data (gure 5.6), the curvature models
both predicts lower power coefcients than the reference without corrections.
According to gure 5.6, the C
N
correction appears to give a power coefcient
that more closely corresponds to the measurements than the angle correction.
Simulating without any corrections does also give a better match than with the
angle correction. As a further comparison, the angle of attack is compared
with results from a vortex simulation. Similar to section 5.1.2, tip corrections
and strut modeling were omitted and uniform chord was used for both simula
tions. No expansion modeling was performed for the streamtube code either.
According to the results in gure 5.7, the angle correction model is more sim
ilar to the vortex model when it comes to predicting the peak angle of attack
upstream, but for the remaining part of the revolution, running without any
corrections appears to be better. The C
N
correction has larger disagreement
upstream according to this gure, while being similar to using no corrections
for the rest of the revolution. It should be noted that it is this lower angle of at
tack that causes the decrease in power coefcient in gure 4.1.4, which gives
better results in that gure. From these results, it is therefore inconclusive
which model that actually gives the best results.
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1 2 3 4 5 6
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
Tip speed ratio
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Vortex model
Streamtube without expansion
Streamtube with expansion
Figure 5.8. Simulated power coefcient using vortex model compared with the
streamtube model.
5.1.5 Vortex model
The vortex model has the advantage that it actually solves the ow from
NavierStokes equations, instead of adding many correction models, which
is done for the streamtube models. The problem is that the current implemen
tation is a twodimensional model, which cannot model struts and tip effects in
the same way as threedimensional models such as the streamtube model. To
get a good comparison between the two models, all threedimensional effects
have been omitted from the streamtube model. The results can be found in
gure 5.8, where the vortex model is compared against the streamtube model,
both with and without expansion modeling. In this gure, ow curvature ef
fects have been included in the streamtube model using the corrections to the
angle of attack. At tip speed ratio 4.5, the angle of attack is plotted in g
ure 5.7 and the tangential force in gure 5.4. The general results are that the
streamtube model predicts higher torque on the upstream disc and lower on
the downstream disc, due to ow expansion effects not properly being mod
eled in the streamtube theory. In this particular case, the vortex model should
be more accurate, but the streamtube model does currently show the ability to
model threedimensional effects more exibly.
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1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
Tip speed ratio
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Measured points
Bins
Simulation
Figure 5.9. Closest matching power coefcient using streamtube model.
5.1.6 Concluding remarks about the simulation tools
From all the simulations performed, it can be concluded that the best t to ex
perimental data would be obtained if strut modeling, the screw propeller part
of the tip corrections, the C
N
correction for curvature effects and the expan
sion model are used. For this case, the simulated power coefcient is plotted
in gure 5.9. Even though this seems good for the particular turbine, the com
parisons with the vortex model show for example that the expansion model
does not really match the vortex model solutions of NavierStokes equations.
Neither do the curvature corrections show good results in the comparison with
vortex theory. For the tip corrections, further studies are necessary to validate
the model, and the strut model also requires additional validation. Further, us
ing the power coefcient as validation is not the best method, as it cannot tell
where during the revolution the torque was generated. It should therefore not
be concluded that the model conguration that created gure 5.9 really is the
best solution. Instead, additional, and more accurate, experimental results, or
numerical results using more advanced models, are necessary to validate the
model more properly.
5.2 Results from papers
This section contains a summary of the results from the papers included in
this thesis. Papers I III use the streamtube model, while papers IV VIII use
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0.3
0.35
0.4
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3 blades (2.5)
6 blades (2.5)
3 blades (1.5)
6 blades (1.5)
Figure 5.10. Optimal power coefcient as a function of design tip speed ratio. This
is a comparison between turbines designed for 2.5 m/s and turbines designed for 1.5
m/s, all turbines simulated at 1.5 m/s (gure 5, paper I).
the vortex model. Paper IX studies the numerical speed of the fast multipole
method, which is used by the vortex model and the results from this paper are
presented in section 4.2.4.
5.2.1 The effects of struts
For a straight blade Darrieus turbine, the blades are attached to the main shaft
through struts. These struts cause additional losses, which increase if addi
tional struts are required to reduce the stress in the blades. In paper I, the
strut losses are calculated from the equations in section 4.1.2, but without any
corrections to the ow, which can be considered acceptable for horizontally
aligned struts only experiencing drag forces. Further, tip losses are neglected
when calculating forces to slightly overestimate the normal force on the blade,
but are included for the power coefcient calculations. No additional correc
tion models, except dynamic stall modeling, are included.
To calculate the maximum allowed distance between two struts, the normal
force was calculated from the streamtube model. For the structural mechanical
parts, FEM simulations have been performed to obtain the stress in a blade.
As an approximation, it is found that, if the blade is solid, the stress is approx
imately
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L
2
c
3
F
Nl
,
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where F
Nl
is the normal force per meter, and L is the distance between the
struts. From this equation, the maximum allowed length between two struts
can be determined if the maximum allowed stress is given. In this study, the
blades are assumed to be made of steel, and the maximum stress is set to
100 MPa. From further FEM studies, it was found that the number of struts
approximately can be given by the equation
N
s
=
h
L
+0.2.
The number of struts N
s
is set to be at least 2. The studied turbine is 55 mand
it is designed to run in water, where hydrodynamic forces are more prominent
than centrifugal forces (both forces are included in F
Nl
). To determine the
necessary size of the struts, FEM studies have been performed for a blade
with chord c = 0.2 m. With this blade chord, a strut chord c
s
of 0.8c at the tip,
and 1.2c at the root was determined to be sufcient to keep the strees within
the limits. If the chord is increased, it is not necessary to increase the strut
chord as much, and the equations
c
s
= 0.8
c
0
c tip,
c
s
= 1.2
c
0
c root,
give good results for the stress in the struts. Here, c
0
is the chord used in the
FEM studies, e.g. c
0
= 0.2 m.
Two different turbine congurations have been tested, one with 3 blades and
one with 6 blades. For each conguration, one is designed to run at optimal
tip speed ratio at ow velocity of 1.5 m/s and one is designed to run at 2.5 m/s.
Due to the higher forces at 2.5 m/s, additional struts are required, especially
for a turbine with 6 blades. Results from all four combinations are found in
gure 5.10. The chord is adjusted to give the peak of the power coefcient
curve for each tip speed ratio in this gure. The sharp decreases in power
coefcient correspond to the positions where the chord is small enough to
force the addition of an additional strut. Figure 5.10 suggests that a turbine
with 6 blades can give higher power coefcients than a turbine with 3 blades,
which is a result of the higher aspect ratio for the 6bladed turbine due to
its smaller chord. It can also be seen that the 6bladed turbine needs more
struts due to its smaller chord. One interesting result is that if the turbine is
designed for 2.5 m/s, the additional struts required for the 6bladed turbine
decrease the power coefcient. Therefore, the turbine designed for 2.5 m/s
has a lower power coefcient at 1.5 m/s than the turbine designed for only 1.5
m/s. The implication is that if a turbine is designed for high owvelocities, the
performance at lower ow velocities can be reduced due to additional losses.
Therefore, designing a turbine to run at high ow velocities can actually cause
a decrease in the total energy extraction if high ow velocities at the site are
rare.
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1.5 1.55 1.6 1.65 1.7
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Velocity profile 1 (m/s)
D
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p
t
h
(
m
)
0.35 0.4 0.45 0.5 0.55
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Velocity profile 2 (m/s)
D
e
p
t
h
(
m
)
Figure 5.11. Velocity prole 1 is measured in Dallven and prole 2 in Nordre lv
(from gure 3, paper II).
5.2.2 The effects of a velocity prole
In a real ow, the velocity varies over the crosssectional area of the turbine.
For wind power, this has been studied by e.g. Homicz [69] and Paraschi
voiu [70] for the curved blade Darrieus turbine, with a velocity eld varying
in the vertical direction. These studies used theoretical velocity proles. In
Paper II, actual measurements have been performed in the river Dallven at
Sderfors and in the river Nordre lv at Ormo. The measured proles are
displayed in gure 5.11 and have been used to study the turbine performance.
Four different turbine cases have been studied. One homogeneous prole,
one with vertically varying prole and the case with the turbine 90 degrees
tilted, making it horizontally aligned. For the tilted turbine, both rotational
directions have been studied. The four cases can be found in gure 5.12.
This study was performed with streamtube theory. Dynamic stall modeling,
nite wing theory corrections, and ow expansion are included, but no curva
ture or strut losses. To simulate a velocity prole, the starting point of each
streamtube is calculated with the expansion model, and the starting velocity
in each streamtube is interpolated from the given velocity prole. To calcu
late the power coefcient, the available power is calculated by integrating the
energy over the velocity prole, and the tip speed ratio is obtained using the
cube root of the mean cube velocity as a reference velocity.
The studied turbine is 6 m in both height and diameter, and the two chords
0.24 m (turbine A) and 0.34 m (turbine B) have been studied to illustrate how
the prole affect turbines optimized for different tip speed ratios. Turbine B
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a) b)
c)
6 m
6 m
d)
6 m
6 m
6 m
Figure 5.12. Turbine cases: a) is a vertically (or horizontally) aligned turbine with
homogeneous incoming ow, b) is a vertically aligned turbine with inhomogeneous
velocity prole, c) is a clockwise rotating horizontally aligned turbine with inhomo
geneous prole and d) is a counterclockwise rotating with inhomogeneous prole
(gure 4, paper II).
2.5 3 3.5 4
0.32
0.34
0.36
0.38
Turbine A
2.5 3 3.5 4
0.32
0.34
0.36
0.38
Tip speed ratio
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a
b
c
d
a
b
c
d
2.5 3 3.5 4
0.26
0.28
0.3
0.32
0.34
Turbine A
2.5 3 3.5 4
0.26
0.28
0.3
0.32
0.34
Turbine B
a
b
c
d
a
b
c
d
Velocity profile 1 Velocity profile 2
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Tip speed ratio
Figure 5.13. Power coefcient as functions of tip speed ratio for the different cases.
Figures to the left are for Dallven and to the right are for Nordre lv. The four curves
represent the different turbine cases (from gures 8 and 9, paper II).
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was intentionally chosen to have its peak in the dynamic stall region, while
stall should be less important for turbine A. In gure 5.13, it can be seen that
rotational direction does not matter for high tip speed ratios where stall is not
important. For lower tip speed ratios, case c) generally performs better than
case d), which can be explained from the maximum angle of attack. From
equation (2.26), it follows that the angle of attack is lower when the blade
moves against the ow direction, and that an increase in the ow velocity
increases the angle of attack. For case c), it is the region with a lower angle
of attack that gets an increased angle of attack due to the prole, while for
case d), the region with already high angles of attack gets its angle increased,
increasing the stall, which decreases performance at low tip speed ratios. In
addition to an improved performance at lowtip speed ratios for case c), another
trend is that for prole 1, the power coefcient is higher than the homogeneous
reference case at high tip speed ratios, while it is lower for prole 2. The
vertical axis turbine will extract most energy close to the center, which in the
horizontal plane is the position where the angle of attack is largest (this is
valid unless stall effects are too large). In the vertical plane, the corrections
due to tip losses cause the decrease in absorbed power close to blade tips. For
prole 1, the energy available in the center is larger than the mean energy,
which explains why the turbine works better with a prole, while for prole 2,
the available energy is less than the mean in the center.
5.2.3 Design of a turbine for use in a river
Combining the work in the two previous papers, a design study of a turbine
for a Swedish river was performed in paper III. Due to site specic constraints,
the turbine height is limited to 3.5 m. For mechanical reasons, 5 blades was
chosen, which should give much lower torque oscillations than a turbine with
fewer blades, while adding more blades would increase costs and make the
blades very thin.
The study was performed with the streamtube model, including strut losses
as in section 5.2.1. Similar to section 5.2.2, a measured velocity prole was
used with the difference that the expansion model was omitted due to incom
patibilities with the strut model.
The chord was chosen as 0.18 m, which gives a peak power coefcient
inside the dynamic stall region. This is due to structural mechanical consid
erations. Simulations indicated that the maximum power coefcient should
start to drop for any larger chords due to stall effects, but a large chord reduces
the stress in the blade. The estimated power coefcient curve is displayed in
gure 5.14.
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2 3 3.5 4 5
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.35
0.4
Tip speed ratio
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Figure 5.14. Estimated power coefcient for designed turbine (gure 5, paper III).
5.2.4 Turbines in channels
When a turbine is located in a channel, the channel walls will affect the per
formance, which theoretically has been described in section 2.2. The theory
does however only describe ideal turbines. For a real turbine, there will be
losses due to drag, which decreases the performance. Further, a vertical axis
turbine does not absorb power equally over the crosssectional area. There
fore, a real vertical axis turbine is not expected to perform in the same way as
in the theoretical model for channels in section 2.2.
The aim of this study (paper IV) is not only to investigate the effects of
the channel geometry, but also to give guidelines on how to do simulations
on them, and how the simulations will be affected by the presence of channel
walls, which always are present in volume discretization based methods like
the nite element method.
In the simulations, no threedimensional corrections (such as tip vortex cor
rections) have been applied, as additional modeling can create new trends in
the results, and the aim of the study is to focus only on the channel effects.
With no threedimensional corrections, the power coefcients will be overes
timated (at least in the free ow case). All channel simulations in this section
use the analytical expression for the potential ow in the channel according to
section 4.2.3.
Initially, a turbine with 3 blades and a diameter of 10 m was designed for
free ow with a chord of 0.4 m and 3 degrees pitch angle (outwards). In the
free ow case, this turbine obtains its highest power coefcient of 46.4 % at a
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0 20 40 60 80 100
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
Revolutions
C
h
a
n
n
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l
w
i
d
t
h
Figure 5.15. Number of revolutions until convergence as function of channel width.
Channel width is measured in terms of turbine diameters (gure 4, paper IV).
tip speed ratio of 3.4. For this case, approximately 100 revolutions are required
for convergence. The necessary number of revolutions is a function of tip
speed ratio, and increases with increasing tip speed ratio. Simulations at high
tip speed ratios show oscillatory behavior and with the chosen convergence
criterion that the power coefcient should remain within 0.001 of the nal
value, these simulations do not show any good convergence at all.
The primary numerical parameter investigated is the number of revolutions
required for a given channel width. Here, all simulations have been performed
at the optimal tip speed ratio. Figure 5.15 shows that the necessary number
of revolutions increases with increasing channel width, where the increase at
the beginning is linear, while for increasing width, it approaches the free ow
case.
The second part of the study shows how the turbine performance changes
due to the channel width. According to analytical predictions, the power co
efcient should increase with decreasing channel width, and this is indeed the
case (see gure 5.16), but the power coefcient increases slower than theory
predicts. When the power coefcient increases, the tip speed ratio, for which
the peak occurs, increases as well, illustrated in gure 5.17. It is generally not
optimal to have the peak tip speed ratio too high, since drag losses are more
dominating at high tip speed ratios, and for small channels, the power coef
cient can be improved by increasing the chord. As an example, for a channel
of 4 turbine diameters, the turbine with chord 0.4 m obtains a 37 % increase
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0.4
0.5
0.6
0.7
0.8
0.9
1
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Simulated
Theoretical
Simulated/Theoretical
Figure 5.16. Changes in Power coefcient due to the channel width. Theoretical val
ues are calculated from the theory in section 2.2. The dotted line is the ratio between
the two other curves (gure 6, paper IV).
0 20 40 60 80 100
3
4
5
6
7
8
T
i
p
s
p
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d
r
a
t
i
o
Channel width
Figure 5.17. Optimal the tip speed ratio as a function of channel width (gure 8,
paper IV).
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V
Corotating Inner counter
rotating
Outer counter
rotating
Figure 5.18. Turbine conguration in the two turbine case (gure 1, paper V).
compared to free ow, but a turbine with chord 0.6 m in the same channel ob
tains a 46 % increase over the chord 0.4 m turbine at free ow. The theoretical
prediction is however 78 %. Even when simulating with ideal blades, the sim
ulated power coefcients do not reach the theoretical prediction, as the ideal
turbine obtains an increase of 48 % in the above case with chord 0.4 m, which
is quite close to the turbine with optimized chord. One implication of these
results is that the theoretical prediction seems to be an overestimation for the
vertical axis turbine. Another implication is that when designing a turbine for
a channel, the blockage ratio of the system has to be taken into account if an
optimal design is desired.
All above simulations were performed in two dimensions. In reality, the
ow can not only pass on the sides of the turbine, but also over and under
it, giving a lower blockage ratio, and according to the analytical model, it
is the blockage ratio that is important for the increase in power coefcient.
Therefore, keeping the blockage ratio correct in the simulations may be more
important than actually using the correct channel width (but it would require
threedimensional simulations to validate this assumption).
5.2.5 Turbines in an array
For commercial applications of vertical axis turbines, it is desirable to locate
several turbines in proximity to each other in a turbine farm. For wind power,
where the ow direction can vary signicantly, a relatively large distance be
tween the turbines is commonly chosen to limit the effects of turbines op
erating in the wake region of another turbine. For water currents, the ow
direction can be known in advance. One example is a river, where the ow
always originates from one direction. With this knowledge, it should be pos
sible to place the turbines much closer to each other. In this study, the effects
of turbines in close proximity are investigated. Due to the close proximity, the
twodimensional model should be reasonably accurate.
In paper V, a 3bladed turbine with crosssectional area 66 m and chord
0.25 m is studied, and a good blade pitch angle is determined to be 3 degrees
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0.25
0.3
0.35
0.4
0.45
Tip Speed Ratio
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Corotating turbine 1
Corotating turbine 2
Inner counterrotating
Outer counterrotating
Single turbine
Figure 5.19. Simulation using two turbines. For the corotating case, the individual
turbines are shown, while in the other two cases, both turbines give the same power
coefcient due to symmetry (gure 3, paper V).
8 m
8 m
1
2
3
4
5
Case 1 Case 2
V
8 m
Figure 5.20. Turbine conguration in the ve turbine case (fromgure 6, paper V).
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0.3
0.35
0.4
0.45
0.5
Tip Speed Ratio
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Turbine 1
Turbine 2
Turbine 3
Turbine 4
Turbine 5
Mean Value
Figure 5.21. Simulated power coefcient for ve turbines in a row conguration
(case 1) (gure 7, paper V).
3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.6
Tip Speed Ratio
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Turbine 1
Turbine 2
Turbine 3
Turbine 4
Turbine 5
Mean Value
Figure 5.22. Simulated power coefcient for ve turbines in a zigzag conguration
(case 2) (gure 8, paper V).
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outwards. Throughout the study, all turbines were run in synchronous opera
tion (i.e. with the same rotational velocity as its neighbors). The rst part of
the study concerns a two turbine system with 8 m between the turbine centers,
and the dependence on rotational direction is investigated. The three differ
ent rotational combinations are illustrated in gure 5.18. According to gure
5.19, the differences between the different rotational directions are quite lim
ited and for the rest of the simulations, all turbines were set to be corotating.
One important result is that the simulated power coefcients in the two turbine
case are higher than for the single turbine. The increase is quite moderate, but
it still shows that it actually can be benecial for a turbine to have another
turbine in close proximity.
The second part concerns a ve turbine array and the placement strategy is
investigated. One possible solution is to have all turbines on a row (case 1),
while another is to use a zigzag conguration (case 2), as illustrated in g
ure 5.20. In the ve turbine case, the differences between the power coef
cients for the individual turbines are more signicant. For the row congura
tion, the differences are quite moderate (gure 5.21), while for case 2, the two
turbines behind the other have signicantly higher power coefcients, while
the middle turbine performs worst. When comparing the mean power coef
cient, the row conguration performs better than the zigzag pattern, and in
the row of ve turbines, the power coefcients for each turbine have increased
even more that in the two turbine case. Anal test was to change the incoming
ow angle 30 degrees. Here, the row conguration performs much better, and
its mean power coefcient remains close to the original value (1 % decrease),
while in case 2, the decrease is around 20 %. Because the row conguration
obtains a higher mean power coefcient and appears to be less sensitive to
changes in ow direction, this study indicates that this conguration should be
preferable, given that the turbine size is kept constant. However, if the avail
able area for turbine placement is limited, using a zigzag pattern would allow
more turbines in the same area.
In paper VI, an array of 10 turbines placed on a straight line is studied with
respect to the turbine spacing and incidence ow angle. A 3bladed turbine
with crosssectional area of 10 10 m is used and the chord is chosen as
0.34 m to obtain the peak tip speed ratio at 4. The simulations have been
performed for 1 m/s ow velocity and all turbines were set to operate at tip
speed ratio 4 in all cases. The results in gure 5.23 showthat for lowincidence
angles, the dependence on turbine spacing is relatively low, although a small
improvement is seen for the lowest spacing. Large turbine spacing is benecial
if the incidence angle is high, as less of the crosssectional area of the turbines
will be in the wake of the turbine in front. Therefore, the required turbine
spacing depends on the variation in the ow direction. This data is compared
against ow measurements performed in a tidal stream, where the ow angle
varied 40 degrees depending on the direction of the tide (0 degrees variation
here would assume that the ow shifts 180 degrees as this angle is equivalent
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0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
0.25
0.3
0.35
0.4
0.45
Angle of incident wind (Deg.)
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Spacing 1.5 D
Spacing 2 D
Spacing 3 D
Spacing 5 D
Spacing 7 D
Spacing 9 D
Single turbine
Figure 5.23. Average power coefcients for array of 10 turbines with different spacing
and incidence angles (from gure 2, paper VI).
of 0 degrees for a line of vertical axis turbines). Here, the variation of the
incidence angle can be reduced to 20 degrees and for these low angles, a low
turbine spacing is viable, which allows for many turbines in a small region of
space.
5.2.6 Simulations of control systems
The simulations in the previous sections have all been performed with constant
ow and rotational velocity. A real turbine will not experience a constant
ow velocity and it is the aim of the research at the Division of Electricity
at Uppsala University to use a variable speed rotor to obtain a higher power
extraction. Therefore, the three control strategies described in section 3.1 have
been simulated in paper VII using the aerodynamic vortex model coupled with
an electrical model that describes the generator, rectier and extracts power
from the system through a DC load.
The constants in strategies A C have all been chosen to make the control
strategies obtain
e
=
max
at V = 6 m/s. The simulated turbine is similar to
the 200 kW turbine at Torsholm built by Vertical Wind AB [18], and has a di
ameter of 26 m, height 24 m, chord 0.7 m and NACA0021 blades. All support
structures are omitted as the twodimensional vortex model is not optimally
suited to simulate this. Even though this causes a too high C
Pmax
, the actual
value for the peak power coefcient is less important for the validity of the
control strategy, as the control strategies are calibrated to this simulated power
coefcient curve. All mechanical losses are also omitted.
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0.6
0.8
1
1.2
1.4
1.6
1.8
2
m
a
x
Ref. A B C
0 100 200 300 400 500 600
3
6
10
W
i
n
d
s
p
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e
d
(
m
/
s
)
Time (s)
Figure 5.24. Step response for the tested control strategies (gure 8, paper VII).
The power coefcient curve for this turbine is found in gures 3.3 3.5.
The control strategies are compared against a reference strategy, which strives
to keep the turbine at optimal tip speed ratio from preknowledge of the ow
velocity. This reference strategy can rapidly decrease the rotational velocity
by increasing the DC load, but is limited by the turbine torque for acceleration.
The rst simulation is a step response where the ow velocity starts from
3 m/s, increases to 6 m/s, then up to 10 m/s, followed by a decrease back to
6 m/s and nally to 3 m/s. Aerodynamically, the step response is implemented
by a stepwise change of the asymptotic owvelocity. Figure 5.24 shows the tip
speed variation during the stepwise changes. Strategies B and C have higher
e
at 3 m/s and hence adapts faster to the increase to 6 m/s than strategy A.
The step up to 10 m/s is performed with approximately the same speed for all
three strategies A C, although strategy B has a lower
e
than the other two.
Strategies A C adapts approximately in the same time for both the increase
and decrease in ow velocity, while the reference strategy adapts much faster
for the step down. After the step change, there is a small amount of time where
the tip speed ratio has an overshoot and changes its value too much. This is an
aerodynamic effect as the wake is not stabilized directly after the step change.
Without a fully developed wake, the power output is temporary higher than
the steady state value, causing the increase in tip speed ratio, which is the
case for increasing ow velocities. A decreased ow velocity causes an over
developed wake blocking the ow, hence reducing performance until it has
drifted away.
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0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03 0.035 0.04
1.6
1.8
2
2.2
2.4
2.6
2.8
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x 10
4
Wind frequency (Hz)
D
e
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v
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r
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p
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e
r
(
W
)
Ref.
Strategy A
Strategy B
Strategy C
Figure 5.25. Delivered power for oscillating wind eld (gure 9, paper VII).
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03 0.035 0.04
3.2
3.4
3.6
3.8
4
4.2
4.4
4.6
4.8
5
Wind frequency (Hz)
T
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p
s
p
e
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r
a
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Ref.
Strategy A
Strategy B
Strategy C
Figure 5.26. Mean tip speed ratio for oscillating wind eld (gure 10, paper VII).
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A second study evaluates the control strategy performance for oscillating
wind conditions (gure 5.25), where the wind is set to a sinusoidal oscillation
between 3 m/s and 8 m/s. Among the three strategies A C, strategy A has
the highest performance for steady wind conditions, which is expected as it
is the strategy that should operate closest to
max
. For unsteady conditions,
strategy C extracts more energy than strategy A and for even faster wind os
cillations, strategy B is the best choice. The reference strategy works well for
wind frequencies below 0.02 Hz and later starts to drop rapidly. The explana
tion is found in gure 5.26 where it is seen that the reference strategy drops in
tip speed ratio for higher wind frequencies, while strategies A C obtains too
high tip speed ratios. The reference strategy has the ability to rapidly decrease
ow velocity, but is limited to aerodynamic torque for acceleration. When
the aerodynamic torque becomes too small to accelerate the turbine to proper
speed, the tip speed ratio drops. Strategies A C have slightly higher accel
erations than retardations when operating close to
e
with respect to changes
in ow velocity and hence end up at a too high tip speed ratio instead. This
higher tip speed ratio is advantageous as the turbine operates closer to
max
at
high ow velocities, which is where most energy is available.
According to the simulations, all strategies A C should be viable options
for controlling the turbine and the best choice depends on the ow character
istics. The reference strategy may obtain slightly higher performance in many
cases, but such a strategy would be complicated to implement as it would re
quire full knowledge of the ow velocity through proper measurements, and
ow measurement equipment would also introduce additional sources of fail
ure.
5.2.7 Control of multiple turbines
This section contains an evaluation of the two different electric topologies
described in section 3.2. The multiple turbine simulations with the separate
topology have been performed as four different electric simulations, while the
mutual topology simulations have been simulated as one combined electrical
simulation. Control strategy C was chosen for both topologies as it obtained
good results in the previous section. All tests were performed on a farm of
four turbines identical to the turbine tested in section 3.1.
The rst test to compare the separate and mutual topologies is a simulation
where all turbines are aerodynamically separated. The ow velocity was var
ied slowly according to gure 5.27. This velocity variation gives the rotational
velocities for the different topologies shown in gure 5.28. For the separate
topology, the different regions for strategy C is seen, where the decrease in
rotational velocity is reduced below V
= 9 m/s. Around
t = 1800 s for the mutual topology, turbine 4 stops delivering power and the
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0
2
4
6
8
10
12
F
l
o
w
v
e
l
o
c
i
t
y
(
m
/
s
)
Time (s)
T1
T2
T3
T4
Figure 5.27. Flow velocities for independent turbines (gure 4, paper VIII).
0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500
0
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
R
o
t
a
t
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n
a
l
v
e
l
o
c
i
t
y
(
r
a
d
/
s
)
Time (s)
Mutual
Separate
Figure 5.28. Turbine rotational velocities for independent turbines (gure 5, pa
per VIII)
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0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500
0.92
0.93
0.94
0.95
0.96
0.97
0.98
0.99
1
1.01
Time (s)
I
n
d
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p
p
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/
m
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t
u
a
l
p
o
w
e
r
Turbine power
Delivered power
Figure 5.29. Ratio between power from mutual topology and separate topology (g
ure 7, paper VIII).
rotational velocity is determined by the electric losses. This is the point where
the difference between the two topologies is largest and the mutual topology
delivers slightly less than 93 % of the separate topology (gure 5.29). Beyond
this point, the other three turbines can accelerate more and the mutual strategy
obtains slightly better performance. Figure 5.29 also shows that the efciency
of the electrical system is higher for the separate topology, mainly due to in
creased core losses from the generators for the mutual topology due to higher
average rotational velocities.
A second test concerns how the different topologies behave if the differ
ences in ow velocities are caused by the turbines mutual interaction. Tests of
four turbines in a square formation and on a line have been performed with the
turbine spacings of 3 and 6 diameters. The results in gure 5.30 show that the
difference is small between the strategies, indicating that if the ow velocity
differences are caused by turbines operating in each others wake, both topolo
gies have similar performance and turbine spacing is a much more important
parameter. At the angle 45 degrees where the results differ, one of the turbines
on the diagonal is located in the wake of the other, while the two turbines on
the other diagonal are operating relatively independently. Hence, the turbines
operating independently cause an increase in rotational velocity, which is too
high for the turbine in the wake. The line conguration shows similar results
for both topologies, even at 90 degrees where three of the turbines operate
in the wake. These results show that as long as the turbines are connected
in groups where all groups have similar aerodynamic interactions within the
group, both topologies deliver nearly identical power, while for the 45 degrees
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0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
100
110
120
130
140
150
160
170
180
190
200
Angle of incident wind (Deg.)
D
e
l
i
v
e
r
e
d
p
o
w
e
r
(
k
W
)
D=3, Mutual
D=6, Mutual
D=3, Separate
D=6, Separate
Figure 5.30. Total delivered power for a square formation with four turbines (gure 11,
paper VIII).
case for the square conguration where two turbines are approximately inde
pendent and two turbines are strongly coupled, the separate topology performs
better.
A nal test was performed with vortices injected into the ow to cause a
uctuating ow, which for the square formation is illustrated in gure 5.31.
The line conguration had a similar velocity eld, although not exactly the
same due to the different turbine positions. This test was performed for the
3 diameter spacing with approximately 0 degrees incident ow angle. The
results show that for the line conguration, the separate topology delivered
1.7 % more power than the mutual topology between t = 200 s and 1400 s.
With 0 degrees incident angle, the line conguration approximately has inde
pendent turbines and an improvement in performance is expected according
to the rst test (see gure 5.29). The square conguration has two turbines
operating in the wake of the other two and for this conguration, the mutual
topology extracted 6.2 % between t = 200 s and 1400 s. These results show
that applying the separate topology with strategy C independently for each
turbine is not the best choice in case of strong aerodynamic coupling. The
mutual strategy, which kept a more constant rotational velocity, handles the
uctuations in ow velocity better in this case.
All three tests show that the more independent the turbines are, the more
benecial it becomes to use the separate topology, while for strongly con
nected turbines, the mutual topology can be a viable option considering the
simplications in the electric system.
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200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400
0
5
10
15
Time (s)
F
l
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v
e
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c
i
t
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(
m
/
s
)
T1
T2
T3
T4
Figure 5.31. Fluctuating ow conditions for the square formation (gure 12, pa
per VIII).
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6. Conclusions
From the work included in this thesis, it can be concluded that:
1. It is possible to simulate a turbine with some accuracy. Even though the
simulations do not perfectly match experimental results, the simulation
codes give results that agree reasonably well with experimental values.
The simulation tools are therefore useful for designing vertical axis tur
bines. An uncertainty is the accuracy in the experimental data available
for comparison.
2. If a turbine is designed to handle high ow velocities, the performance
of the turbine may decrease if additional struts are necessary to handle
the large forces.
3. The vertical axis turbine appears to be insensitive to the inowing ve
locity prole, and in some cases, it is possible that the turbine absorbs a
larger fraction of the available energy in the presence of a velocity pro
le. For a horizontally aligned rotational axis, it is preferable to let the
blades move opposite to the ow direction at the side where the ow
velocity is highest.
4. If a turbine is located in a channel with constant ow, the power coef
cient increases with higher blockage ratio. A turbine will also reach
its peak performance at a higher tip speed ratio with higher blockage ra
tio. The best turbine design is a function of the blockage ratio, and for
higher blockage ratios, the optimal design is likely to have larger chords
or more blades.
5. If several turbines are located in close proximity in a row conguration,
and the ow is perpendicular to the line intersecting the turbine centers,
simulations predict an increase in power production from the individual
turbines. If more turbines are used, placing all turbines in a row appears
to be better than placing them in a zigzag conguration. For the line con
guration, a larger spacing is favorable if the variation in ow direction
is large.
6. A control system that only measures the rotational velocity of the tur
bine has been shown to be a viable control strategy for vertical axis tur
bines. A cubic relation between extracted power and rotational velocity
gives good accuracy in obtaining peak power coefcient for the steady
state case. A reduction of the extracted power at low rotational veloc
ities increases the response time of the control system and is therefore
benecial for rapid ow variations.
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7. Connecting all turbines through a mutual DC bus and only controlling
the total extracted power from a turbine farm can be a viable control
strategy. The differences between this system and a separate control of
each turbine are smaller in the coupled case than for aerodynamically
independent turbines.
8. The speed of the vortex simulations can be increased if graphics pro
cessing units (GPU) are used to evaluate the velocity eld. The increase
in computational speed is most prominent for large number of vortices.
Thus a GPU is well suited for simulations of large turbine farms.
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7. Suggestions for future work
The simulation codes need better validation. One way would be to perform
force measurements on the blades of a turbine, which would give a much more
detailed description of the turbine than measurements of the power coefcient,
especially since it is the force that is calculated by the simulation codes.
The dynamic stall modeling should be updated to a more accurate model, as
the current model gives too low power coefcients at low tip speed ratios. The
current code uses the Gormont model, while a Beddoes Leishman model [55]
probably would be more accurate [3]. This would benet both the vortex and
the streamtube model, since both models use the same dynamic stall model.
The expansion code in the streamtube method could be extended to include
the change in ow direction, similar to the model by Read and Sharpe [47].
This could make the streamtube results approach those of the vortex model.
The corrections due to tip vortices need to be studied further to determine
model uncertainties. This could either be performed by comparing with three
dimensional simulations of turbines, or by measurements on a turbine with
constant diameter and chord, but with varying blade length.
To simulate tip effects, struts, wake structure etc. in more detail, a three
dimensional vortex code should be developed. Such a model would probably
require extensive computational time and may therefore not be suited for de
sign studies, but it could be used to create better correction models for the
twodimensional vortex model and the streamtube code.
The current models are based on empirical data, thereby limiting the num
ber of airfoils that can be conveniently modeled. A rst principle model based
on NavierStokes equations would be more desirable. This requires a full so
lution of the boundary layer which is computationally demanding. Combining
the vortex model with turbulence models or boundary layer theory could be a
way to achieve reasonably short computational times.
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8. Summary of papers
This chapter contains a summary of all papers included in this thesis.
Paper I
A parameter study of the inuence of struts on the performance of a
verticalaxis marine current turbine
Aturbine for a marine current application is studied with focus on the losses
due to the struts. Hydrodynamically, a loss model for the struts is derived
within a streamtube model and empirical data is used for the drag coefcient
of the struts. Mechanically, FEM simulations are used to calculate the stresses
in the blades due to the hydrodynamic forces obtained from the streamtube
model, and when the stresses are too high, additional struts are added. Two
turbines are studies, one with 3 blades and one with 6 blades. The 6bladed
turbine is predicted to obtain the highest power coefcient, but is also more
sensitive to the ow velocity as it needs more struts. It is shown that designing
the turbine for too high ow velocities will give lower power coefcient at
lower ow velocities due to the extra struts required. The author has been
responsible for the theory development, software development and most of the
hydrodynamic simulations as well as some FEM simulations and has written
more than half of the paper.
Paper II
Inuence of a varying vertical velocity prole on turbine efciency for a
vertical axis marine current turbine
Measurements on the velocity prole at three different locations in Swedish
rivers are performed and a streamtube model is used to simulate the perfor
mance of a vertical axis turbine operating in these velocity proles. The tradi
tional conguration with the axis vertical is compared to the tilted version with
a horizontal axis. In this tilted case, both rotational directions are investigated.
These three cases are compared against the reference case with homogeneous
ow. Simulations show that the vertical axis turbine can obtain higher power
coefcients than the homogeneous case if the energy density is higher in the
center of the turbine, compared to the mean value. Simulations also show that
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for the tilted turbine, having the blade moving against the ow at the high ve
locity side of the turbine is benecial at low tip speed ratios. The author has
been responsible for the theory development, software development and most
of the hydrodynamic simulations and writing more than half of the paper.
Paper III
Design of an experimental setup for hydrokinetic energy conversion
The experimental setup that is intended to be located in Dallven at Sder
fors is covered in this paper. This begins with a characterization of the location
for the turbine including measurements of the velocity prole and data for the
predicted ow velocities. It also includes the electrical design of the generator
and how the generator and turbine efciencies are coupled together. The au
thor has been responsible for simulating and writing the hydrodynamic part in
the article, where a turbine is designed with the streamtube model to operate
at the given location including simulations of the power coefcient versus the
tip speed ratio, and how the maximum power coefcient is expected to vary
with ow velocity.
Paper IV
Simulations of a vertical axis turbine in a channel
Aturbine located in a channel where there are boundaries conning the ow
is studied with a vortex model. The paper is intended to showboth the benets
of having the ow conned and the errors that will be obtained from simula
tion models where conning boundaries are necessary. Flow connement oc
curs when volume discretization is used. The rst part of the paper covers the
numerical aspects of performing channel simulations with the vortex model,
including the required number of revolutions required for convergence as a
function of channel width, which increases with increasing width. The second
part of the paper covers the improvement in performance due to the channel.
Here, the simulated power coefcient increases with decreasing width. The tip
speed ratio where the peak occurs also increases for a given turbine. The au
thor has written the simulation software, performed all simulations and written
the article.
Paper V
Numerical simulation of a farm of vertical axis marine current turbines
Several turbines located in close proximity to each other are studied with
a vortex model. First, a two turbine system is simulated using all different
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combinations of rotational directions and with different distances between the
turbines. The contribution from the rotational direction is found to be small,
and there is a slight increase in performance when the turbines are moved
closer to each other. Second, ve turbine systems are studied. One case has all
turbines on a row and the other two cases use a zigzag pattern, where the last
case has larger turbines. With equal size of the turbines, the turbines on the row
performs slightly better if the ow comes straight forward, while more power
can be extracted with the zigzag pattern when the turbine radius is increased.
The row conguration is found to be less sensitive to small misalignments in
the ow direction. The author has written the simulation software, performed
all simulations and written the article.
Paper VI
Inuence of incoming ow direction on spacing between vertical axis ma
rine current turbines placed in a row
A line of ten turbines is simulated and the focus is on the turbine spacing
and how it affects the power production of the array with respect to different
incoming ow directions. The simulations are performed with a vortex model
and all turbines are simulated with constant rotational velocity independent on
ow direction. The article shows how the spacing between the turbines needs
to be increased for high power production if the direction of the incoming ow
is increased. Finally, an example with measurement data for the velocity in a
tidal ow is used and the required turbine spacing in this case is found to be
quite low. The author has written the simulation software and parts of the
article.
Paper VII
Robust VAWT control system evaluation by coupled aerodynamic and
electrical simulation
Three different control strategies, all based on the rotational velocity of the
turbine as only input parameter, are tested with respect to absorbed power
and response times to changes in ow velocity. The control strategies are
also compared against a reference strategy designed to operate at optimal tip
speed ratio. The strategies are evaluated with an aerodynamic vortex model
coupled with an electrical model. First, the different strategies are tested for a
step change in ow velocity and second, the behavior of the different control
strategies is studied under sinusoidal variations in wind velocity. The results
show that the power absorption for the three tested strategies is close to the
reference strategy. It is also shown that there is a trade off between accuracy
in obtaining the optimal tip speed ratio and the speed of the control strategy,
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where the faster strategies perform better for the high frequency oscillations.
The author has been responsible for the aerodynamic part of the simulation
model and has written more than half of the article.
Paper VIII
Aerodynamic and electric evaluation of a VAWTfarmcontrol systemwith
passive rectiers and mutual DCbus
The control of a farm of four turbines is simulated using a coupled aero
dynamic electrical simulation model. The article focuses on the difference
between controlling all turbines individually with the model described in pa
per VII and connecting all turbines to a mutual DC bus by passive rectiers.
The mutual DC bus limits the control system to set the extracted power for
the entire farm, instead of individually. For aerodynamically independent tur
bines, less power is extracted if the ow velocities differ, but if the turbines
are aerodynamically coupled, the differences are smaller. A line and a square
conguration of the farm are tested and for simulations with varying incom
ing ow velocity, the simulations give that if one turbine is in front of another,
the mutual DC bus can actually be better than individually optimizing each
turbine. The author has been responsible for the aerodynamic part of the sim
ulation model and has written more than half of the article.
Paper IX
Adaptive fast multipole methods on the GPU
An implementation of the adaptive fast multipole method for a GPU using
CUDA is described. The implementation is twodimensional and uses asym
metric adaptivity. All individual parts of the algorithm have been ported to the
GPU and the speedup gained from using a GPU is investigated for all indi
vidual parts of the algorithm. The comparison is made against an optimized
single threaded CPU version and the article shows a speedup of around 11
when the number of particles is large. The results also show that asymmetric
adaptivity performs well on the GPU as the nonuniform particle distributions
obtain a slightly higher speedup than the homogeneous distributions. The au
thor has implemented the GPU version, performed many optimizations for the
single threaded CPU version and written more than half of the article.
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9. Errata for papers
In paper II, gure 4, the turbine diameter should be 6 m (instead of 8 m)
In paper V, equation (7) should read
C
P
=
R
F
T
1
2
AV
3
,
i.e. the radius R should be added and the power coefcient should be
normalized against the asymptotic ow velocity
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10. Acknowledgments
First of all, I would like to thank my supervisor Olov gren for his help with
writing the articles, this thesis and for all interesting discussions on many ar
bitrary subjects. I would also like to thank my cosupervisor and head of this
division Mats Leijon for giving me the opportunity to work within this interest
ing area of research and also Hans Bernhoff, for his support and for including
me in the wind power group.
I would also like to thank Staffan Lundin, with whom I been sharing ofce
with during most of my time here, for all his help, especially for proofreading
several of my articles and for all his help with L
A
T
E
X.
I like to thank Marcus Berg, Staffan Lundin, Mrten Grabbe, Jon Kjellin,
Mikael Bergkvist, Johan Bladh, Katarina Yuen, Emilia Lalander, Linnea Sjk
vist, Fredrik Blow, and Fredric Ottermo for proofreading this thesis and all
the feedback you gave me.
I would also like to thank the rest of the members of the marine current
group, Karin, Johan, Nicole and also Anders N, for all your help and interest
ing discussions
A special thanks goes also to Jon Kjellin for providing the experimental
results used to compare the simulations with in section 5.1. Also included is
the rest of the wind power group, Senad, Eduard, Stefan, Jon O, Per, Sandra
and former member Kristian for all your support and also the former mem
bers Paul, Mathias and David, who made the foundations for the aerodynamic
research at the division.
The rest of the members of the Division of Electricity for being very nice
coworkers.
My family and all my friends, thanks for all the support you have given me,
both before, and during my time at the division.
Final thanks go to all nanciers of this work, especially Uppsala University
for my salary, but also the rest of the nanciers: The Swedish Research Coun
cil, The Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova, ngpannefreningens Foundation
for Research and Development, The J. Gust. Richert Foundation for Technical
Scientic Research and CFs Environmental Fund.
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11. Summary in Swedish
Vid generering av elektricitet frn dande medium, t.ex. vind eller strm
mande vatten, anvnds traditionellt horisontalaxlade propellerliknande turbi
ner. Ett alternativ till dessa r den vertikalaxlade turbinen, som har frdelen
att den r oberoende av desriktning, samt att den vertikala axeln mjliggr
att generatorn kan placeras p marken. Aerodynamiskt knnetecknas vertika
laxlade turbiner av att bladen, som rr sig runt i en cirkel, passerar det tv
gnger per varv. Det medfr att varje blad genererar vridmoment tv gnger
under varvet. Dremellan nns tv punkter dr kraften r nstan noll, vilket
ger pulserande krafter.
Nr aerodynamiken simuleras fr de vertikalaxlade turbinerna anvnds ge
nerellt sett tre olika metoder, nmligen strmrrsmodeller, virvelmodeller och
nita element/volymsmetoden dr endast de tv frstnmnda har anvnds i
denna avhandling. Av dessa r strmrrsmodellen den snabbaste d den inte
innehller ngot tidsberoende de samt att hela hastighetsfltet runt turbi
nen inte berknas, utan endast approximeras vid turbinbladen. I denna snab
ba modell kan turbineproblemet lsas tredimensionellt. Det mjliggr studier
av varierande hastighet ver turbinarean och inkluderande av brarmar, vilket
modellen har anvnds till i denna avhandling.
I fallet med varierande deshastighet undersktes hur turbinens effekti
vitet pverkas av att deshastigheten inte r konstant ver turbinarean. En
mer realistisk frdelning med lgre hastighet nrmare botten anvndes. Enligt
simuleringarna ska den vertikalaxlade turbinen fungera bra nr deshastig
hetens variation har tagits som de uppmtta vrdena frn tv svenska lvar.
Simuleringarna visar ocks att om deshastigheten varierar vinkelrtt med
turbinens rotationsaxel (vilket r fallet fr liggande turbin) s br turbinen bli
effektivare om bladen rr sig motstrms dr hastigheten r som hgst.
Fr en strmkraftsturbin studerades hur mnga brarmar som r ndvndi
ga fr att turbinen ska hlla vid olika deshastigheter. Detta kopplades sedan
till de hydrodynamiska frlusterna som brarmarna ger upphov till. Frn des
sa resultat kan man se hur turbinens effektivitet sjunker nr er brarmar r
ndvndiga. Detta leder till att om en turbin designas fr att hlla fr relativt
hga deshastigheter tappas effektivitet vid de lgre hastigheterna. I sdana
fall kan det vara bttre att konstruera turbinen fr en lgre deshastighet och
stnga av den i de ftal fall d deshastigheten r allt fr hg.
Strmrrsmodellen har begrnsningar, t.ex. hur det modelleras, och fun
gerar inte fr alla problem. En mer avancerad metod r virvelmetoden som
lser hela desfltet tidsberoende, vilket ger en mer fullstndig beskrivning
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av turbinen. Virvelmetoderna r mer tidskrvande n strmrrsmodellen, och
endast tvdimensionella simuleringar har genomfrts i denna avhandling.
Med virvelmetoden har det studerats vilka effekter som uppkommer nr
det kring en turbin innesluts av kanalvggar, vilket r fallet fr t.ex. o
der. Studien brjar med att underska hur snabbt simuleringarna konvergerar
och resultatet r att man behver simulera ett strre antal turbinvarv fr bre
da kanaler innan konvergens uppns. Sen studerades turbinen prestanda och
fr kanaler kar den erhllna effekten frn turbinen nr kanalens bredd mins
kar. Detta stmmer med strmrrsteori som frutspr en effektkning, men i
simuleringarna kar effekten inte lika snabbt som teorin frutspr. Samtidigt
kan noteras att turbinen erhller maximal effekt vid hgre lptal nr kanalens
bredd minskar.
Virvelmetoden har ven anvnts fr att studera hur era turbiner vxelver
kar med varandra. Enligt simuleringarna kan man erhlla hgre effekt hos en
skilda turbiner om de placeras nra varandra och det kommer rakt framifrn
(vinkelrtt mot linjen som skr turbinernas centrum). En studie genomfrdes
p fem turbiner, dr placering i rad eller i sicksackmnster jmfrdes. Nr 
det kom rakt framifrn gav radgeometrin aningen bttre prestanda. Dremot
var radgeometrin vsentligt bttre vid 30 graders infallsvinkel. Utifrn dessa
simuleringar kan slutsatsen dras att radgeometrin r bttre omturbinerna r li
ka stora. Dremot nns utrymme fr era turbiner i ett sicksackmnster, vilket
kan vara en frdel om tillgnglig yta fr turbinplacering r begrnsad. Utifrn
dessa resultat undersktes radgeometrin extra fr en rad av 10 turbiner och
hur vinkeln p det relativt linjens riktning pverkar prestandan. Resultatet
blev att avstndet mellan turbinerna i raden behver kas ifall vinkeln p det
kan bli stor.
Virvelmetoden kombinerades ven med en elektrisk modell och denna
kopplade simuleringsmodell anvndes fr att studera kontrollstrategier fr hur
man ska styra en turbin. Tre olika strategier, somalla endast anvnde rotations
hastigheten som indata och styrde genom att reglera uttagen effekt, undersk
tes och dessa strategier lyckades styra turbinen vl i avseendet att erhlla en
hg elektrisk effekt frn systemet. Resultatet blev ven att de strategier som
tog ut lite lgre effekt vid lga varvtal snabbare stllde in sig p angivet varvtal
och dessa kunde drmed bli frdelaktiga vid snabba frndringar i deshas
tigheten.
Simuleringarna av kontrollsystem utkades sedan till att involvera en park
av 4 turbiner. Hr studerades skillnaden mellan att styra varje turbin enskilt
enligt ovanstende modell, och att med passiva likriktare koppla ihop elsyste
men via en gemensam DCbuss, vilket gr att man endast kan styra den totala
effekten frn hela parken. Fr aerodynamiskt tskilda turbiner var det bttre
att styra varje turbin enskilt om det var stora variationer i hastighet mellan
turbinerna. Om hastighetsvariationerna istllet orsakades av att vissa turbiner
var placerade bakom andra, som d redan absorberat strre delen av energin,
s blev skillnaderna mellan de olika systemen mindre. Detta visar att anvn
105
dandet av en en gemensam DCbuss kan vara ett alternativ, srskilt d det
reducerar antalet elektriska komponenter.
En studie genomfrdes ven p om man kan anvnda grakkort fr att
ka hastigheten vid berkningen av deshastigheten fr virvlarna, d detta
r den mest tidskrvande delen av virvelmetoden. I studien implementerades
hela snabba multipolmetoden (FMM) fr grakkortet och berkningstiderna
jmfrdes med en seriell implementation p en vanlig processor. Resultatet
visar att hastighetskningen nr man anvnder grakkort r strst fr ett stort
antal virvlar. Drfr r denna metod lmplig fr tunga berkningar, som t.ex.
simulering av en stor park.
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