COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMIC ANALYSES OF WIND TURBINES FOR SOKE REGION
Wind turbines are very important electro-mechanical devices converting the wind's kinetic energy into electrical energy. Due to poor configurations in design and layout of wind turbines, energy cannot be harvested efficiently. Therefore, this study focused on the optimization of four different configurations using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The solid state models of the wind turbines were created and all components were assembled using Autodesk Inventor. Four different configurations such as in-line, side-by-side, triangular and diagonal were conceptually planned and implemented in simulations. The weather data for Soke Region were obtained. These data were used as an input to CFD calculations. CFD computations were conducted by Fluent Analysis Software in Ansys in order to find the best pattern. These configurations were tested using wind speed values obtained from the weather data. Furthermore, the calculation performance of CFD with a rectangular enclosure type was investigated. The obtained results showed that diagonal and triangular patterns had better harvesting capacity than the others.
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