Development of a cyclic pitch turbine

Jubilee Prasad Rao, F. Javier Diez

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


A novel wind turbine design is proposed that increases turbine efficiency. The design consists of blades symmetrically positioned around a vertical axis. The blades experience cyclic pitch variations while rotating about the axis. The pitch variation is accomplished by an innovative mechanism that rotates the blades about a horizontal axis during rotation of the turbine. This controlled pitch variation allows the blades travelling upstream to be oriented horizontally so minimum drag is obtained. On the other hand, the blades travelling downstream are oriented vertically so maximum drag is achieved. Since the aiding downstream drag is maximum and the adverse upstream drag is minimum, this configuration allows for higher power output compared to conventional vertical axis wind turbines. Experiments on the turbine conducted in a water tunnel suggest an increase in power efficiencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFora
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9780791857229
StatePublished - 2015
EventASME/JSME/KSME 2015 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference, AJKFluids 2015 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Jul 26 2015Jul 31 2015

Publication series

NameASME/JSME/KSME 2015 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference, AJKFluids 2015


OtherASME/JSME/KSME 2015 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference, AJKFluids 2015
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


Dive into the research topics of 'Development of a cyclic pitch turbine'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this