Extracting quantitative data from tuft flow visualizations on utility scale wind turbines.

Science of making torque from wind, 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark
Authors: S. Vey, H. Lang, G. Pechlivanoglou, C.N. Nayeri, C.O. Paschereit

First results of a novel measurement technique that allows to extract quantitative data from tuft flow visualizations on real-world wind turbine blades are presented. The instantaneous flow structure is analyzed by tracking individual flow indicators in each of the snapshot images. The obtained per-tuft statistics are correlated with logged turbine data to provide an insight into the surface flow structure under the influence of wind speed. A histogram filter is used to identify two flow states: a separated flow state that occurs at higher wind speeds and a maximal attached flow state that mainly occurs in the lower wind speed range.