Aerodynamic Performances of Small Scale Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Blades for Applications in Malaysia
S.A.H. Roslan1, Z. A. Rasid2, H.T. Toh3, M.Z. Hassan4
1A.H.M.Roslan, MJIIT UTM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2Z.A. Rasid, MJIIT UTM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
3H.T. Toh, MJIIT UTM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
4M.Z.Hassan, Razak Faculty, UTM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Manuscript received on November 19, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on November 29 2019. | Manuscript published on 30 November, 2019. | PP: 9557-9562 | Volume-8 Issue-4, November 2019. | Retrieval Number: D9934118419/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.D9934.118419

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Abstract: Wind energy is one of the most viable options for clean and sustainable energy production. In Malaysia where wind source has been considered scarce, the capacity of installed wind energy production is very low. However, studies have shown that it is worthwhile to produce wind energy at several potential sites in this country. For this purpose, it is crucial that the designed turbine blade gives the highest possible blade power efficiency while structure wise, the turbine blade need to be effective in terms of avoiding possible failures. The maximum power efficiency means the blade does not only provide profile that gives maximum sliding ratio but also it must operate at the corresponding angle of attack, 𝜶𝒎𝒂𝒙 that gives this ratio. At the same time, the blade must be small enough to have low weight to allow it to self-start in the low wind region. In this paper, the study is focused on the aerodynamic aspect of the design of wind turbine blade that will give the maximum power efficiency. Four factors that determine aerodynamic performance of the turbine blades are discussed: the wind condition, the airfoil profile, the blade geometry and the losses. In most of the factor, adjustments are made such that the blade operates at around the 𝜶𝒎𝒂𝒙 so that the sliding ratio and thus power coefficient are maximum.
Keywords: Wind Energy, Coefficient of Power, Wind Turbine Blade, Boundary Element Momentum (BEM) Method.
Scope of the Article: Performance Evaluation of Networks.