Power Augmentation Effects of a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine With a Tip Vane—Part 1: Turbine Performance and Tip Vane Configuration

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Yukimaru Shimizu

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mie University, Kamihama-cho, Tsu-shi, Mie-ken, 514 Japan

Takaya Yoshikawa

Nippon Spark Plug Co., LTD

Shinji Matsumura

Mitsubishi Motors Co., LTD, Shiga Factory

J. Fluids Eng 116(2), 287-292 (Jun 01, 1994) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910268 History: Received December 05, 1990; Revised November 18, 1993; Online May 23, 2008


This paper describes the experimental results of output power augmentation of a horizontal axis wind turbine with a tip vane. In order to find the relationship between the performance of the turbine and the configuration of the tip vane, various types and sizes were used. It was found that V-type and S-type tip vanes can improve turbine performance. Also, the dimensions of V- and S-type tip vanes were investigated. The maximum improvement achieved was a 25 percent increase in power in an existing wind turbine without a tip vane.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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