Journal of Nuclear Energy Science & Power Generation TechnologyISSN: 2325-9809

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Research Article, J Nucl Ene Sci Power Generat Technol Vol: 4 Issue: 2

Study of Vertical Axis Turbines

Parra-Santos MT1*, Vega C1, Gallegos A2, Uzarraga C3 and Castro-Ruiz F1
1Department Energy Engineering & Fluid Mechanics University of Valladolid, Spain
2Department of Mechanics, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
3Department of Mechanics, Technological University of Durango, Mexico
Corresponding author : Teresa Parra
Department of Energy Engineering and Fluid Mechanics, School of Industrial Engineering, Paseo del Cauce 59, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
Tel: (+34) 983 18 45 36
Received: October 14, 2014 Accepted: July 30, 2015 Published: August 04, 2015
Citation: Parra-Santos MT, Vega C, Gallegos A, Uzarraga C, Castro-Ruiz F, et al. (2015) Study of Vertical Axis Turbines. J Nucl Ene Sci Power Generat Technol 4:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9809.1000133


This paper establishes the methodology to numerically study the vertical axis wind turbine. This procedure is easily applied to water turbines to extract energy from water currents in rivers and seas. The interest of this kind of turbines is based on the low manufacture cost, easy maintenance and can operate with low fluid velocities. The only different between wind and water turbines are the solidity parameter. Computational Fluid Dynamics is an essential tool to model the performance of fluid systems in a previous step to the experimental study. The paper shows the numerical model, the post-process of results to obtain the characteristic curves of the performance of turbines as well as design tendencies when changing solidity. A collateral application could be the calibration of spinning anemometers to measure streams flows. The study of the follow patterns will gain an insight about the performance of the devices.

Keywords: Vertical axis turbines; Low fluid velocity; Computational fluid dynamics

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