Atmospheric Performance of the Special-Purpose SERI Thin-Airfoil Family: Final Results

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), in cooperation with SeaWest Energy Group, has completed extensive atmospheric testing of the special-purpose SERI thin-airfoil family during the 1990 wind season. The purpose of this test program was to experimentally verify the predicted performance characteristics of the thin-airfoil family on a geometrically optimized blade, and to compare it tooriginal-equipment blades under atmospheric wind conditions. The tests were run on two identical Micon 65/13 horizontal-axis wind turbines installed side-by-side in a wind farm. The thin-airfoil family 7.96 m blades were installed on one turbine and AeroStar 7.41 m blades were installed on the other. This paper presents final performance results of the side-by-side comparative field test forboth clean and dirty blade conditions.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages7
    StatePublished - 1990

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-257-3939


    • atmospheric testing
    • geometrically optimized blade
    • horizontal-axis
    • thin airfoil family


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