Comparison of OpenFOAM and EllipSys3D actuator line methods with (NEW) MEXICO results: Paper

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The Actuator Line Method exists for more than a decade and has become a well established choice for simulating wind rotors in computational fluid dynamics. Numerous implementations exist and are used in the wind energy research community. These codes were verified by experimental data such as the MEXICO experiment. Often the verification against other codes were made on a very broad scale. Therefore this study attempts first a validation by comparing two different implementations, namely an adapted version of SOWFA/OpenFOAM and EllipSys3D and also a verification by comparing against experimental results from the MEXICO and NEW MEXICO experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWake Conference 2017
Number of pages9
PublisherIOP Publishing
Publication date2017
Article number012033
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventWake Conference 2017 - Visby, Sweden
Duration: 30 May 20171 Jun 2017


ConferenceWake Conference 2017
Internet address
SeriesJournal of Physics: Conference Series


  • Applied fluid mechanics
  • General fluid dynamics theory, simulation and other computational methods
  • Civil and mechanical engineering computing
  • Fluid mechanics and aerodynamics (mechanical engineering)
  • Mechanical components
  • Mechanical engineering applications of IT
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • rotors (mechanical)
  • wind
  • wind power
  • OpenFOAM
  • EllipSys3D actuator line methods
  • wind rotors
  • wind energy research community


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