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QBlade Lifting Line Module for VAWT

The QBlade Lifting Line Theory (LLT) module is under development. Currently the VAWT module has been implemented and is being tested! As you can see from the screenshot the development goes very well and we are all confident that this new feature will revolutionize the performance of QBlade. REM...

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Lifting Line Module for the next version of QBlade!

TEASER: QBlade is getting equipped with an unsteady lifting line theory (LLT) aerodynamic solver! The development team of QBlade is working on the implementation of the new aero-module which will work seamlessly with the existing steady state and unsteady (NREL AeroDyn/FAST) modules. This will all...

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QBlade Ver. 0.8 walkthrough

Hello QBlade followers! Please find attached a short pictographic about the newest modules of QBlade. Happy downloading! The QBlade Team! ...

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HAWT Multi-Parameter Simulation

Did you know that apart from the standard dimensionless rotor simulation, QBlade includes a multi-parameter rotor simulation option? In this module a rotor is simulated for an entire wind speeds, rotational speed and pitch angle range. The results are presented in combined plots and the user can s...

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QBlade VAWT Blade Shape Optimization

The VAWT module of QBlade includes a powerful blade shape optimizer! The user can quickly generate different blade shapes which are not limited to traditional H-rotors but also include Helical rotor formations as well as Darrieus rotor shapes. Especially for the Darrieus rotors it is possible to u...

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List of QBlade related publications

The list bellow presents all the publications of the QBlade Team, related to the development of the code. These cover the various developmnet phases of the software as well as validation results and other research projects that strongly relate to QBlade. Since the software is under constant deve...

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XFOIL Tips – No.3 – Airfoil Generation, Export & Interpolation

XFOIL Tips – No.3 – Airfoil Generation, Export & Interpolation As a conclusion of the airfoil shape operation information we add some more information on useful airfoil generation, export and interpolation functions. The next steps of our QBlade Blog posts will concentrate of air...

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XFOIL Tips – No.2 – Airfoil Reshaping (Part 2)

XFOIL Tips – No.2 – Airfoil Reshaping (Part 2) After the initial explanatory steps on the XFOIL functionality integrated into QBlade we attempt a deeper description of the more specific functions that will allow you to refine the airfoil geometry properties in order to closely match ...

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XFOIL Tips - No.1 - Airfoil Import & Reshaping

XFOIL Tips - No.1 - Airfoil Import & Reshaping The XFOIL module is an integral part of the QBlade interface. It is a powerful and efficient airfoil simulation tool and it is worth mentioning some of its capabilities as well as some useful tips and tricks.  The XFOIL module include...

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QBlade Code Structure

The QBlade code structure is strongly connected with the very successful XFOIL / XFLR5 projects. Even though the development teams are not affiliated in any way, there is a strong connection between these projects. XFOIL was developed and released under a GPL license by Mark Drela at MIT in the 80...

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360° Polar Extrapolation

  Airfoil polars measured in the wind tunnel or simulated with XFOIL or other CFD software are usually limited to small and medium inflow angles (e.g. -20° to +20° AoA). However the blades of both VAWTs and HAWTs often operate at high inflow angles. In order for the BEM routines to ...

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QBlade on LinkedIn

Now QBlade is also Social Media Friendly!! :-) Check our LinkedIn page and remember to Follow us in order to stay informed about all the latest QBlade developments!! Best regards, The QBlade Team ...

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QBlade has a brand new website!!

The QBlade team is happy to announce the brand new website of our Open Source wind turbine blade software. You can now find us at www.q-blade.org. We have also incorporated a QBlade Blog, the first article of which you are currently reading! We urge you to try QBlade and check back on this web...

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