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Wind Energ. Sci., 4, 115–125, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-4-115-2019
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Wind Energ. Sci., 4, 115–125, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-4-115-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research articles 31 Jan 2019

Research articles | 31 Jan 2019

Comparison between upwind and downwind designs of a 10 MW wind turbine rotor

Pietro Bortolotti et al.
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The paper compares upwind and downwind three-bladed configurations for a 10 MW wind turbine in terms of power and loads. For the downwind case, the study also considers a load-aligned solution with active coning. Results indicate that downwind solutions are slightly more advantageous than upwind ones, although improvements are small. Additionally, pre-alignment is difficult to achieve in practice, and the active coning solution is associated with very significant engineering challenges.
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