Aerodynamic Performance Analysis of a Flat Plate Hawt
Bavanish. B1, Thyagarajan. K2

1Prof. Bavanish. B, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Noorul Islam University, Thuckalay, Kanya Kumari (Tamil Nadu), India.
2Dr. Thyagarajan. K, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, Kanya Kumari (Tamil Nadu), India.

Manuscript received on 18 June 2012 | Revised Manuscript received on 25 June 2012 | Manuscript published on 30 June 2012 | PP: 181-191 | Volume-1 Issue-2, June 2012 | Retrieval Number: B0236051212/2012©BEIESP
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Keywords: Aerodynamic, Composite material, Wind-Electric Conversion Systems, Optimization

Scope of the Article: Discrete Optimization