High-Resolution LES of Terrain-Induced Turbulence around Wind Turbine Generators, by Using Turbulent Inflow Boundary Conditions

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Abstract

We have developed an LES (Large-Eddy Simulation) code called RIAM-COMPACT (Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Computational Prediction of Airflow over Complex Terrain). The analysis do-main of this numerical model extends from several meters to several kilometers. The model is able to predict airflow over complex terrain with high accuracy and is also now able to estimate the annual power output of wind turbine generators with the use of field observation data. In the present study, a numerical simulation of turbulent airflow over an existing wind farm was performed using RIAM-COMPACT and high-resolution elevation data. Based on the simulation results, suitable and unsuitable locations for the operation of WTGs (Wind Turbine Generators) were identified. The latter location was subject to the influence of turbulence induced by small topographical variations just upwind of the WTG location.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-524
Number of pages14
JournalOpen Journal of Fluid Dynamics
Volume7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 7 2017

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