An experimental study on improvement of a Savonius rotor performance with curtaining


Altan B. D. , Atilgan M., ÖZDAMAR A.

EXPERIMENTAL THERMAL AND FLUID SCIENCE, vol.32, no.8, pp.1673-1678, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2008.06.006
  • Title of Journal : EXPERIMENTAL THERMAL AND FLUID SCIENCE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1673-1678

Abstract

This study introduces a new curtaining arrangement to improve the performance of Savonius wind rotors. The curtain arrangement was placed in front of the rotor preventing the negative torque opposite the rotor rotation. The geometrical parameters of the curtain arrangement were optimized to generate an optimum performance. The rotor with different curtain arrangements was tested out of a wind tunnel, and its performance was compared with that of the conventional rotor. The maximum power coefficient of the Savonius wind rotor is increased to about 38.5% with the optimum curtain arrangement. The experimental results showed that the performance of Savonius wind rotors could be improved with a suitable curtain arrangement. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.