Authors:M. Zheng, L. Zhang, H. P. Teng, J. Hu, and M. L. Hu
In the present paper, CFD simulation is used to perform the numerical calculation of behaviours of multi-blade drag typed VAWT. The sliding grid technology, FLUENT software and PISO algorithm are involved. By taking wind power efficiency Cp as the goal function, the optimal situations of multi-blade drag typed VAWT with 4 and 6 blades are conducted by CFD simulation. In this investigation, the variable parameters include the rotation rate of wind-mill ω, the blade installation angle θ and the blade width d. The results show that: the optimal working conditions for the 4-blade wind mill at the inlet wind speed 8 m/s are ω = 18 r/ min, θ = 28°, and d = 0.83 m, which induces an optimal wind power efficiency rate Cp = 27.127%; the optimal working conditions for the 6-blade wind mill at the inlet wind speed 8 m/s are ω = 18 r/min, θ = 27°, and d = 0.67 m, which leads to an optimal wind power efficiency rate Cp = 30.404%.
simulations of wind turbine aerodynamics focusing on hybrid RANS-LES methods ,” Energy , vol. 138 , no. 1 , pp. 257 – 289 , 2017 .  M. Zheng , L. Zhang , H. P. Teng , J. Hu , and M. L. Hu , “ Power efficiency of multi-blade dragtyped