On the turbulent flow models in modelling of omni-flow wind turbine
The computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has a wide application in the wind energy industry. In CFD simulations, a turbulence model plays a significantly important role in accuracy and resource cost. In this paper, a novel wind turbine, omni-flow wind turbine, was investigated with different turbulence models. Four turbulence models, standard k-ε, realizable k-ε, standard k-ω and SST k-ω models, were employed for this wind turbine in order to assess the best numerical configuration. The performance of these four turbulence models was validated with wind tunnel tests. It is evident that the realizable k-ε turbulence model is most suitable to simulate this novel wind turbine.