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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Ingram, Philip David
URN etd-11132012-131835
Title Investigation of the Madaras Wind Turbine using Computational Tools
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Alvin M. Strauss Committee Chair
Jon F. Edd Committee Member
Thomas J. Withrow Committee Member
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Wind Turbine
  • Madaras
  • Wind Energy
  • CFD
Date of Defense 2012-05-01
Availability unrestricted
Computational modeling of the Madaras wind turbine is presented in this thesis. First, comparative studies were performed based upon literature results to validate the accuracy of the computational model. Then, the Madaras turbine was modeled in 2-dimensions and later 3-dimensions to determine the lift characteristics generated as it spins. Systems consisting of two cylinders in different orientations – streamwise-separated and spanwise-separated were also studied in order to investigate interference between the cylinders. Lastly, a general FEA structural analysis was performed to create a starting point for future studies. The results from these studies confirm that a power plant consisting of Madaras turbines is feasible and would be competitive with more traditional wind power plants.
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