Test Results of NREL 10M, Special-Purpose Family of Thin Airfoils

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    Two Carter Wind Systems, 25 kW units were tested at the Alternative Energy Institute to determine performance differencces between production blades and rotors with NREL Special Purpose Thin Airfoils. Blade design, mold preparation, blade production, and testing were all conducted by AEI. Design tools were created for computer modeling of the blade. This computer program (ROTOR) for the designand production of modern HAWT rotors is now used by blade manufacturers in the wind turbine industry. The blades had the same twist, taper, and length as production blades. Flap natural frequency was adjusted to be as similar as possible between rotors, as was blade mass, blade center of gravity and rotor moment of inertia. Data analysis and test results are reported in this document.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages8
    StatePublished - 1996
    EventWindpower 1996: American Wind Energy Association Conference - Denver, Colorado
    Duration: 23 Jun 199627 Jun 1996


    ConferenceWindpower 1996: American Wind Energy Association Conference
    CityDenver, Colorado

    Bibliographical note

    Work performed by West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-22299


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