A simple RANS inflow model of the neutral and stable atmospheric boundary layer applied to wind turbine wake simulations

M. P. van der Laan*, M. Kelly, M. Baungaard, A. Dicholkar

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Abstract

Wind turbines are increasing in size and operate more frequently above the atmospheric surface layer, which requires improved inflow models for numerical simulations of turbine interaction. In this work, a steady-state Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) model of the neutral and stable atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) is introduced. The model employs a buoyancy source using a prescribed Brunt-Väisälä frequency, does not require a global turbulence length scale limiter, and is only dependent on two non-dimensional numbers. The proposed model assumes a constant temperature gradient over the entire ABL, which is a strong assumption but leads to a simple and well behaving inflow model. RANS wake simulations subjected to shallow and tall ABLs are performed and the results show a good agreement with results from two different large-eddy simulation codes in terms of velocity deficit.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWind Energy Science
ISSN2366-7443
DOIs
Publication statusSubmitted - 2024

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