Ice Accretion Prediction on Wind Turbines and Consequent Power Losses

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Conference on Science of Making Torque from Wind (TORQUE), Munich, Germany, 5 - 07 October 2016, vol.753 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 753
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/1742-6596/753/2/022022
  • City: Munich
  • Country: Germany
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Ice accretion on wind turbine blades modifies the sectional profiles and causes alteration in the aerodynamic characteristic of the blades. The objective of this study is to determine performance losses on wind turbines due to the formation of ice in cold climate regions and mountainous areas where wind energy resources are found. In this study, the Blade Element Momentum method is employed together with an ice accretion prediction tool in order to estimate the ice build-up on wind turbine blades and the energy production for iced and clean blades. The predicted ice shapes of the various airfoil profiles are validated with the experimental data and it is shown that the tool developed is promising to be used in the prediction of power production losses of wind turbines.