Fluid scaling laws of idealized wind farm simulations

M.P. van der Laan*, S.J. Andersen, M. Kelly, M.C. Baungaard

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    Utilizing fluid scaling laws of idealized wind farm and wind resource simulations can reduce the computational effort and increase the understanding of the corresponding numerical model. However, not all fluid scaling laws are fully appreciated in the wind energy community. In this work, we employ dimensional analysis and Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes simulations of interacting wind turbine wakes and a Gaussian hill, and large-eddy simulations of a single wind turbine, to show that idealized wind farm simulations including terrain, subjected to a nonneutral atmospheric surface layer following Monin-Obukhov Similarity Theory, are independent of the inflow wind speed and wind turbine size due to Reynolds number similarity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number062018
    Book seriesJournal of Physics - Conference Series
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    EventTORQUE 2020 - Online event, Netherlands
    Duration: 28 Sept 20202 Oct 2020


    ConferenceTORQUE 2020
    LocationOnline event
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