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Title: Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Blade Aerodynamics in Experiments and Modeling


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National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 1, March 2007
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United States

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Schreck, S. J., and Robinson, M. C. Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Blade Aerodynamics in Experiments and Modeling. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1109/TEC.2006.889620.
Schreck, S. J., & Robinson, M. C. Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Blade Aerodynamics in Experiments and Modeling. United States. doi:10.1109/TEC.2006.889620.
Schreck, S. J., and Robinson, M. C. Thu . "Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Blade Aerodynamics in Experiments and Modeling". United States. doi:10.1109/TEC.2006.889620.
title = {Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Blade Aerodynamics in Experiments and Modeling},
author = {Schreck, S. J. and Robinson, M. C},
abstractNote = {No abstract prepared.},
doi = {10.1109/TEC.2006.889620},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion},
number = 1, March 2007,
volume = 22,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}
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