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Wind Turbine Diffuser Aerodynamic Study with OpenFOAM\(^{\textregistered }\)

  • Félix Sorribes-PalmerEmail author
  • Antonio Figueroa-González
  • Ángel Sanz-Andrés
  • Santiago Pindado


The aim of this work is to analyze the influence of the pressure losses of a Diffuser-Augmented Wind Turbine (DAWT) on the extractable power. Multielement diffuser geometries, generated with Salome and meshed with snappyHexMesh, are studied numerically with OpenFOAM\(^{\textregistered }\) to find a configuration of maximum area expansion (reducing flow detachment), for different pressure losses at the actuator disk. Different geometries are studied with a \(k{-}\varepsilon \) turbulence model. The influence of the vanes inside the diffuser has also been analyzed. The results of the present work show the importance of a careful design of the diffuser entrance.



The authors thank the OFW11 organizers and to all the contributors who enriched this event. We also want to thank OpenFoamWiki, CFDsupport, Chalmers University, and ICE Stroemungsforschung for their contribution to OpenFoam\(^{\textregistered }\) documentation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Félix Sorribes-Palmer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Antonio Figueroa-González
    • 1
  • Ángel Sanz-Andrés
    • 1
  • Santiago Pindado
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Universitario de Microgravedad Ignacio Da Riva, Universidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain

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