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Small-Scale Wind Power by Brian Plourde, John P. Abraham

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Chapter 5

Design of Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbines

M. Refan, H. Hangan

Here, the authors present an up-to-date analysis of the principal components of horizontal-axis wind turbines (HAWTs). They discuss how these components are designed and how their performance impacts the overall system. Then, the authors describe the performance characteristics of HAWTs and what circumstances make their employment viable.

Various design methodologies are described in detail including the Blade Element Momentum (BEM) theory. Corrections to relate theoretical predictions and practical applications are provided. Finally, issues related to testing methodology are discussed and best practices are given.

The reader will become well versed in all aspects of design, ...

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