A CFD code comparison of wind turbine wakes

Paul Maarten Laan, van der, R. C. Storey, Niels N. Sørensen, S.E. Norris, J. E. Cater

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    A comparison is made between the EllipSys3D and SnS CFD codes. Both codes are used to perform Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) of single wind turbine wakes, using the actuator disk method. The comparison shows that both LES models predict similar velocity deficits and stream-wise Reynolds-stresses for four test cases. A grid resolution study, performed in EllipSys3D and SnS, shows that a minimal uniform cell spacing of 1/30 of the rotor diameter is necessary to resolve the wind turbine wake. In addition, the LES-predicted velocity deficits are also compared with Reynolds-Averaged Navier Stokes simulations using EllipSys3D for a test case that is based on field measurements. In these simulations, two eddy viscosity turbulence models are employed: the k- (ε) model and the k- (ε)-fp model. Where the k- (ε) model fails to predict the velocity deficit, the results of the k- (ε)-fP model show good agreement with both LES models and measurements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number012140
    Book seriesJournal of Physics: Conference Series (Online)
    Issue number1
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event5th International Conference on The Science of Making Torque from Wind 2014 - Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 10 Jun 201420 Jun 2014
    Conference number: 5


    Conference5th International Conference on The Science of Making Torque from Wind 2014
    LocationTechnical University of Denmark
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