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Experimental Investigation and Performance Simulation of Kit Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine

International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2018
Mustafa M. M. Alaskari

Mustafa M M Alaskari. Experimental Investigation and Performance Simulation of Kit Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine. International Journal of Computer Applications 180(16):35-42, February 2018. BibTeX

	author = {Mustafa M. M. Alaskari},
	title = {Experimental Investigation and Performance Simulation of Kit Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	issue_date = {February 2018},
	volume = {180},
	number = {16},
	month = {Feb},
	year = {2018},
	issn = {0975-8887},
	pages = {35-42},
	numpages = {8},
	url = {},
	doi = {10.5120/ijca2018916371},
	publisher = {Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA},
	address = {New York, USA}


The present study explores the performance of the small horizontal axis wind turbine. NACA-44 profile for wind Education Kit at different wind velocity range of (3.5 to 5.5 m/s) is used to achieve this study. The effects of changing the pitch angles (10°, 30°, and 45°) of the blade on the power performance of small wind turbine rotor models were investigated experimentally. (3, 4 and 6 blades) have been used to compare the results at each pitch angle for the different wind velocity. A computer program code was built to simulate the mathematical model. The axial induction factor indicates the degree to which the wind velocity at the upstream of the rotor is slowed down by the turbine; the power coefficient and the thrust coefficient for a range of axial induction factor have been evaluated and compared for different blades pitch angles. The maximum power coefficient obtained is about 0.51 occurs at 10° pitch angle for the 3 blades. Furthermore, it has been shown that the increase of wind velocity at a certain point will drop the overall efficiency down.


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Small horizontal axis wind turbine, axial induction factor, simulates the performance, pitch angles, power coefficient.