Performance losses due to ice accretion for a 5 MW wind turbine
Article first published online: 2 JUN 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 379–389, April 2012
How to Cite
Homola, M. C., Virk, M. S., Nicklasson, P. J. and Sundsbø, P. A. (2012), Performance losses due to ice accretion for a 5 MW wind turbine. Wind Energ., 15: 379–389. doi: 10.1002/we.477
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 2 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 MAR 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 21 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Received: 15 JUN 2010
- wind turbine;
- atmospheric icing;
A numerical study of power performance losses due to ice accretion on a large horizontal axis wind turbine blade has been carried out using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and blade element momentum (BEM) calculations for rime ice conditions. The computed aerodynamic coefficients for the normal and iced blades from the CFD calculations were used together with the BEM method to calculate the torque, power and curves of the wind turbine for both normal and icing conditions. The results are compared with the published data. It is shown that icing results in a reduced power production from the turbine and that changing the turbine controller could improve the power production with iced blades. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.