The Effect of Inlet Conditions on the Performance of Wells Turbine

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S. Raghunathan

The Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

T. Setoguchi, K. Kaneko

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Saga University, Saga, Japan

J. Energy Resour. Technol 111(1), 37-42 (Mar 01, 1989) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3231399 History: Received November 03, 1987; Revised November 16, 1988; Online October 22, 2009


Experimental investigations on the effect of inlet turbulence and flow distortion on the performance of a monoplane and a biplane Wells turbine are reported. The performance of biplane Wells turbine is more sensitive to turbulence when compared with a monoplane. The primary effect of increase in turbulence on the performance of Wells turbine is the postponement of stall.

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