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Title: The Design Challenges of Large Deep-Water Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Rotors.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the NAWEA 2013 Symposium held August 6-8, 2013 in Boulder, CO.
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United States

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Paquette, Joshua A. The Design Challenges of Large Deep-Water Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Rotors.. United States: N. p., 2013. Web.
Paquette, Joshua A. The Design Challenges of Large Deep-Water Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Rotors.. United States.
Paquette, Joshua A. Thu . "The Design Challenges of Large Deep-Water Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Rotors.". United States. doi:.
title = {The Design Challenges of Large Deep-Water Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Rotors.},
author = {Paquette, Joshua A.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2013},
month = {Thu Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2013}

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  • The DOE/Sandia 34-m diameter Vertical-Axis Wind turbine (VAWT) utilizes a step-tapered, multiple-airfoil section blade. One of the airfoil sections is a natural laminar flow profile, the SAND 0018/50, designed specifically for use on VAWTs. The turbine has now been fully operational for more than a year, and extensive turbine aerodynamic performance data have been obtained. This paper reviews the design and fabrication of the rotor blade, with emphasis on the SAND 0018/50 airfoil, and compares the performance measurements to date with the performance predictions. Possible sources of the discrepancies between measured and predicted performance are identified, and plans for additionalmore » aerodynamic testing on the turbine are briefly discussed. 12 refs., 10 figs.« less