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Abstract

The flow characteristics and stall delay phenomenon of a stall regulated wind turbine rotor due to blade rotation in steady state non-yawed conditions are investigated. An incompressible Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes solver is applied to carry out the separate flow cases at high wind speeds from 11 m/s to 25 m/s with an interval of 2 m/s. The objective of the present research effort is to validate a first-principles based approach for modeling horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWT) under stalled flow conditions using NREL/Phase VI rotor data. The computational results are compared with the predicted values derived by a new stall-delay model and blade element momentum (BEM) method. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)