An Examination of the Taikoyama Wind Farm Nacelle Separation Accident Using a CFD Approach

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Abstract

Because a significant portion of the topography of Japan is characterized by steep, complex terrain, which results in a complex spatial distribution of wind speed, great care is necessary for selecting a site for the construction of wind turbines. We have developed a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model for unsteady flow called Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, COMputational Prediction of Airflow over Complex Terrain (RIAM-COMPACT【○!R】). The RIAM-COMPACT【○!R】 CFD model is based on the large-eddy simulation (LES) technique. In this paper, a numerical wind simulation for the Taikoyama Wind Farm is performed using high-resolution terrain elevation data. The results suggest that all six wind turbines at the Taikoyama Wind Farm are subject to significant influence from separated flow (terrain-induced turbulence) which is generated due to the topographical irregularities in the vicinity of the wind turbines. A proposal has been also made on reconstruction of the wind farm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-24
Number of pages10
Journal九州大学応用力学研究所所報
Issue number148
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

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