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Wake-Tracking and Turbulence Modelling in Computational Aerodynamics of Wind Turbine Airfoils

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Wake-Tracking and Turbulence Modelling in Computational Aerodynamics of Wind Turbine Airfoils. / Campobasso, Sergio; Zanon, Alessandro ; Minisci, Edmondo; Bonfiglioli, Aldo.

In: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, Vol. 223, No. 8, 12.2009, p. 939-951.

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Campobasso, S, Zanon, A, Minisci, E & Bonfiglioli, A 2009, 'Wake-Tracking and Turbulence Modelling in Computational Aerodynamics of Wind Turbine Airfoils', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, vol. 223, no. 8, pp. 939-951. https://doi.org/10.1243/09576509JPE778

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Campobasso, S., Zanon, A., Minisci, E., & Bonfiglioli, A. (2009). Wake-Tracking and Turbulence Modelling in Computational Aerodynamics of Wind Turbine Airfoils. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, 223(8), 939-951. https://doi.org/10.1243/09576509JPE778

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Campobasso S, Zanon A, Minisci E, Bonfiglioli A. Wake-Tracking and Turbulence Modelling in Computational Aerodynamics of Wind Turbine Airfoils. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy. 2009 Dec;223(8):939-951. https://doi.org/10.1243/09576509JPE778

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Campobasso, Sergio ; Zanon, Alessandro ; Minisci, Edmondo ; Bonfiglioli, Aldo. / Wake-Tracking and Turbulence Modelling in Computational Aerodynamics of Wind Turbine Airfoils. In: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy. 2009 ; Vol. 223, No. 8. pp. 939-951.

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