Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

53, 1, pp. 37-45, Warsaw 2015
DOI: 10.15632/jtam-pl.53.1.37

CFD computation of the Savonius rotor

Krzysztof Rogowski, Ryszard Maroński
In this paper, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of a two-dimensional two- -bucket Savonius rotor, using ANSYS Fluent solver, is presented. Computational methods of fluid dynamics are used to estimate the aerodynamic forces acting on the rotor, the torque and the power extracted by the Savonius rotor. In addition, an analysis of the results for different turbulence models is performed. Numerical investigations are compared with the experiment of the Sandia National Laboratories.
Keywords: vertical axis wind turbine; simulation; Computational Fluid Dynamics