The airfoil of AWT-27

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The airfoil of AWT-27

Postby Shahrzad.Iranmanesh » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:33 pm


Could you please tell me how many airfoil AWT-27 has?
I read a report about AWT-27 which is said: "the blades are lofted from NREL S815/S809/S810 thick-airfoil sections". What does this sentence mean? Is this mean that AWT-27 has 3 airfoils? However, based on the data available in the aerodyn file, This turbine has ten airfoils.

I would be glad if you could help me with this problem.

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Re: The airfoil of AWT-27

Postby Jason.Jonkman » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:21 am

Dear Shahrzad,

I don't know the answer to your question as I was not the one who originally built the corresponding FAST model; perhaps someone else on this forum knows more about the design of the AWT27.

Including 10 unique airfoil data tables in FAST's AeroDyn module does not imply that there are 10 unique airfoil shapes e.g. the unique airfoils could also imply that 3D rotational augmentation corrections were applied to the 2D airfoil data.

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Re: The airfoil of AWT-27

Postby Hermann.Rochholz » Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:06 am

I searched for AWT-27 and I found that: ... t/Airfoils
on GitHub (Thanks for putting WT_Perf Code there).

Therefore I assume this airfoil is not a single airfoil; it's in fact an interpolation of this series of NREL S8XX airfoils.
In geometry as well as in the polars.
The "loft" of an airplane is simply it's surface.
Therefore the "lofting" means the interpolation (being not so easy when surface characteristics does not fit).

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Re: The airfoil of AWT-27

Postby Danny.Sale » Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:36 pm

agree with Jason and Hermann, the airfoil polar "AWT-27" is probably an interpolation of the polars (by Relative Thickness % between the master polars of SERI airfoils), and then it could possibly have rotational or stall-delay corrections applied (anything from the AirfoilPrep worksheet).

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