Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Smart Structures, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract—A numerical study was carried out to investigate the effects of a Gurney flap on the aerodynamics performance of the NACA 0018 aerofoil and an associated three-blades rotor of a H-type Darrieus wind turbine. The flow fields around a single aerofoil and the Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) rotor are studied using URANS. The height of Gurney flap ranges from 1% to 5% of the aerofoil chord length. The flow fields around a single aerofoil and the Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) rotor are simulated using URANS. The results show that the Gurney flap can increase the lift and lift-to-drag ratio of the aerofoil. As a result, adding a Gurney flap can significantly improve the power coefficient of the VAWT at low tip speed ratio, where it typically gives low power production. The causing mechanism is discussed in detail
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