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Numerical simulation of a Savonius turbine above an infinite-width forward facing step
journal contributionposted on 2016-04-01, 00:00 authored by S C Goh, Jorg SchluterJorg Schluter
The Savonius turbine, although simple in construction, typically has a maximum power coefficient (cP) of about 0.2. This is significantly lower than the cP of the axial flow propeller-type turbine which typically can be as high as 0.5. However, a simple means to improve the cP of a Savonius turbine is to install it above a forward facing step, for example, a cliff or a building. In this work, prior experimental results of the tow testing of a Savonius turbine installed above a finite-width bluff body were used to validate computational fluid dynamics simulation of the same experimental conditions. The validated simulation settings were then used to obtain the maximum cP of a similar turbine of finite width but installed above an infinite-width forward facing step over a range of installation positions above and behind the step.