An integrated numerical method for wind turbine flow simulation, sound generation and propagation

Wei Jun Zhu, Jiufa Cao*, Emre Barlas, Wen Zhong Shen, Lei Zhang, Zhenye Sun, Hua Yang, Haoran Xu

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The scope of the paper is to present an efficient numerical method that predicts: (a) wind turbine aerodynamic loads and power; (b) wind turbine noise source; (c) long distance wind turbine noise source propagation. The numerical methods involved in this study are a combination of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and wind turbine aeroacoustic methods. The results from the CFD simulation provide necessary information of wind turbine power and thrust etc. The 2D Actuator Disc (AD) theory is applied for such a purpose. The computational efficiency becomes very high while using a steady 2D CFD approach. The flow geometry at each blade element is required for wind turbine noise source calculations. The predicted wind turbine noise source is the starting field for long distance noise propagation model which is based on solving the Parabolic Equations (PE) in the frequency domain. Results showed that the integrated wind turbine flow-acoustic prediction method is capable of calculating wind turbine aerodynamic, aerodynamic noise source and long range sound propagation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number022002
Book seriesJournal of Physics: Conference Series (Online)
Issue number2
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe Science of Making Torque from Wind 2018 - Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Milan, Italy
Duration: 20 Jun 201822 Jun 2018
Conference number: 7


ConferenceThe Science of Making Torque from Wind 2018
LocationPolitecnico di Milano (POLIMI)
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