ACCUWIND - Methods for classification of cup anemometers

J.-Å. Dahlberg, Troels Friis Pedersen, P. Busche

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    Errors associated with the measurement of wind speed are the major sources of uncertainties in power performance testing of wind turbines. Field comparisons of well-calibrated anemometers show significant and not acceptable difference. The EuropeanCLASSCUP project posed the objectives to quantify the errors associated with the use of cup anemometers, and to develop a classification system for quantification of systematic errors of cup anemometers. This classification system has now been implementedin the IEC 61400-12-1 standard on power performance measurements in annex I and J. The classification of cup anemometers requires general external climatic operational ranges to be applied for the analysis of systematic errors. A Class A categoryclassification is connected to reasonably flat sites, and another Class B category is connected to complex terrain, General classification indices are the result of assessment of systematic deviations. The present report focuses on methods that can beapplied for assessment of such systematic deviations. A new alternative method for torque coefficient measurements at inclined flow have been developed, which have then been applied and compared to the existing methods developed in the CLASSCUP projectand earlier. A number of approaches including the use of two cup anemometer models, two methods of torque coefficient measurement, two angular response measurements, and inclusion and exclusion of influence of friction have been implemented in theclassification process in order to assess the robustness of methods. The results of the analysis are presented as classification indices, which are compared and discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages69
    ISBN (Print)87-550-3514-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    SeriesDenmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R


    • Risø-R-1555
    • Risø-R-1555(EN)

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