Blade element momentum (BEM) theory is the standard computational technique for the prediction of power curves of wind turbines; it is based on the two-dimensional aerodynamic properties of aerofoil blade elements and some corrections accounting for three-dimensional wing aerodynamics. Although most BEM models yield acceptable results for low-wind and pitch-controlled regimes where the local angles of attack are small, no generally accepted model exists up to date that consistently predicts the power curve in the stall regime for a variety of blade properties and operating conditions. In this article we present a modified BEM model which satisfactorily reproduces the power curves of four experimental wind turbines reported in the literature, using no free fit parameters. Since these four experimental cases comprehend a great variety of conditions (wind tunnel vs field experiments, different air densities) and blade parameters (no twist and no taper, no taper but twist, both twist and taper, different aerofoil families), it is believed that our model represents a useful working tool for the aerodynamic design of stall-regulated wind turbines. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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