Use of VI and CFD in an undergraduate research project


Savonius wind turbine

Literature review
  1. Design Optimization of Savonius and Wells Turbines
  2. Wind tunnel performance data for two-and three-bucket Savonius rotors
  3. Performance Study of Modified Savonius Water Turbine with Two Deflector Plates
  4. Design and wind tunnel testing of a Savonius wind turbine integrated with omni-direction guide-vane
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  9. M.H. Mohamed, G. Janiga, E. Pap, D. Thévenin, Optimal blade shape of a modified Savonius turbine using an obstacle shielding the returning blade, Energy Conversion and Management, Volume 52, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 236-242, ISSN 0196-8904,
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  13. Burçin Deda Altan, Mehmet Atılgan, The use of a curtain design to increase the performance level of a Savonius wind rotors, Renewable Energy, Volume 35, Issue 4, April 2010, Pages 821-829, ISSN 0960-1481.
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  16. Burçin Deda Altan, Mehmet Atılgan, Aydoğan Özdamar, An experimental study on improvement of a Savonius rotor performance with curtaining, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Volume 32, Issue 8, September 2008, Pages 1673-1678, ISSN 0894-1777.
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LibreOffice 3.3: First Impressions | Linux Magazine

Oracle has proven over and over and over that if what they “have” cannot be sold for profit, then it’s dead. Thus Oracle has been divesting themselves of a ton of open source software by either getting out completely, or by pulling the plug on resources used by the open source project. The ONLY reason that OpenOffice is still around is because of StarOffice (the commercially sold variant that Oracle has). And with that said, there are other “open source” projects that Oracle is sponsoring (which do NOT make profit) and we MUST wonder when they too will get killed (and Oracle doesn’t exactly give warning). Things like ocfs2 and btrfs come to mind.

Sure, the GPL is the IP protector in these cases, just realize that so far, it seems very likely that Oracle will make any GPL project that it is a part of…. go through some pain….

And… with that said, most big software companies are haters of the GPL and open source (truth be told). And that includes many of the companies that a lot of FOSS users think are their friends. Beware.