Active vibration control via an array of synthetic jet actuators was investigated experimentally in a wind tunnel. Using synthetic jets the flow over a small scale S809 finite wind turbine blade was controlled, resulting in reduction of the blade's structural vibrations. The effectiveness of the synthetic jets was explored for a range of post-stall angles of attack at Reynolds numbers between 7.1 × 104 and 2.38 × 10 5. The blade vibrations were measured and quantified using a pair of strain gauges mounted at the root of the model. Using flow control, significant vibration reduction was observed for some post-stall angles of attack. A correlation between vibration reduction and the degree of flow reattachment, measured using Particle Image Velocimetry, was found.
62nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Minneapolis, MN, November 22-24, 2009