One of the most important issues facing humanity today is the issue of energy use and dependence on fossil fuels. My senior mechanical design group project focused on the design and development of a parallel and vertical axis wind turbine for use in harnessing wind energy. Methods of analysis included computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation, finite element analysis (FEA), and simple hand calculations.
The CFD analyses that I performed show that the final design adheres to a required factor of safety of 5.0. I performed CFD parametric studies of the total force (drag + lift) of the turbine depending on the yaw and opening angles of the actuating airfoils. Final fabrication of the design was never achieved due to time constraints.