Comparison of Qblade and CFD Results for Small-Scaled Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Analysis

Koc E., Gunel O., YAVUZ T.

5th IEEE International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA), Birmingham, United Kingdom, 20 - 23 November 2016, pp.204-209 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Birmingham
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Page Numbers: pp.204-209


The software QBlade under General Public License is used for analysis and design of wind turbines. QBlade uses the Blade Element Momentum (BEM) method for the simulation of wind turbines and it is integrated with the XFOIL airfoil design and analysis. It is possible to predict wind turbine performance with it. Nowadays, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is used for optimization and design of turbine application. In this study, Horizontal wind turbine with a rotor diameter of 2 in, was designed and objected to performance analysis by QBlade and Ansys-Fluent. The graphic of the power coefficient vs. tip speed ratio (TSR) was obtained for each result. When the results are compared, the good agreement has been seen.