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This thesis consists of three chapters. In the first chapter, the crossspectral phases between velocity components at two heights are analyzed from observations at the Høvsøre test site under diabatic conditions. These phases represent the degree to which turbulence sensed at one height leads (or lags) in time the turbulence sensed at the other height. The phase angle of the crosswind component is observed to be significantly greater than the phase for the alongwind component, which in turn is greater than the phase for the vertical component. The crosswind and alongwind phases increase with streamwise wavenumber and vertical separation distance, but there is no significant change in the phase angle of vertical velocity. The phase angles for all atmospheric stabilities show similar order in phasing. The phase angles from the Høvsøre observations under neutral conditions are compared with a rapid distortion theory model, which shows similar order in phase shift.
In the second chapter, a velocity spectral tensor model was evaluated using single point measurements of wind speed. The model contains three parameters, representing the dissipation rate of specific turbulent kinetic energy, a turbulence length scale and the turbulence anisotropy, respectively. Sonic anemometer measurements taken over a forested and an agricultural landscape were used to calculate the model parameters for neutral, slightly stable and slightly unstable atmospheric conditions over a selected wind speed interval. The dissipation rate above the forest was 9 times that at the agricultural site. No significant differences were observed in the turbulence length scales between the forested and agricultural areas. A small difference was observed in the turbulence anisotropy at the two sites, except near the surface, where the forest turbulence was more isotropic. The turbulence anisotropy remained more or less constant with height at the forest site, whereas the turbulence became more isotropic with height for the agricultural site. Using the three parameters as inputs, we quantified the performance of the model in coherence predictions for vertical separations. The model coherences of all the three velocity components were overestimated for the analyzed stability classes at both the sites. The model performed better at both sites for neutral stability than slightly stable and unstable conditions. The model predictions of coherence of the alongwind and vertical components were better than that of the crosswind component. No significant difference was found between the performance of the model at the forested and the agricultural areas. The last chapter summarizes the present state of the theory, in which an attempt is made to investigate the spectral tensor model of both wind velocity and temperature fluctuations, which treats the effects of mean uniform vertical shear and mean uniform temperature gradient. The model is based on rapid distortion theory, which gives the linearized NavierStokes equations in Fourier space. We incorporate the general concept of an eddy life time in order to make the model stationary. The parameterized eddy life time from Mann (1994) is used. In addition to the three parameters from the spectral tensor model of Mann (1994), the model contains two extra parameters as a result of introducing a mean uniform temperature gradient. These parameters are: a stability parameter in the form of the Richardson number, and a measure of the rate of destruction of temperature variance. The model seems to work better for stable than unstable conditions. The model is able to predict well the length scales (corresponding to the peaks of (co) spectra) of the temperature spectrum and temperaturevelocity cospectra. In the intertial subrange, the model shows that the velocitytemperature cospectra are proportional to the 7/3 power of streamwise wavenumber, which is consistent with the measurements. The model is able to predict the temperaturecoherence, moreso in the stable case than in the unstable case. We compare the model predictions against those of Mann (1994) in the coherence estimations, where the new model seems to give slightly improved results.
In the second chapter, a velocity spectral tensor model was evaluated using single point measurements of wind speed. The model contains three parameters, representing the dissipation rate of specific turbulent kinetic energy, a turbulence length scale and the turbulence anisotropy, respectively. Sonic anemometer measurements taken over a forested and an agricultural landscape were used to calculate the model parameters for neutral, slightly stable and slightly unstable atmospheric conditions over a selected wind speed interval. The dissipation rate above the forest was 9 times that at the agricultural site. No significant differences were observed in the turbulence length scales between the forested and agricultural areas. A small difference was observed in the turbulence anisotropy at the two sites, except near the surface, where the forest turbulence was more isotropic. The turbulence anisotropy remained more or less constant with height at the forest site, whereas the turbulence became more isotropic with height for the agricultural site. Using the three parameters as inputs, we quantified the performance of the model in coherence predictions for vertical separations. The model coherences of all the three velocity components were overestimated for the analyzed stability classes at both the sites. The model performed better at both sites for neutral stability than slightly stable and unstable conditions. The model predictions of coherence of the alongwind and vertical components were better than that of the crosswind component. No significant difference was found between the performance of the model at the forested and the agricultural areas. The last chapter summarizes the present state of the theory, in which an attempt is made to investigate the spectral tensor model of both wind velocity and temperature fluctuations, which treats the effects of mean uniform vertical shear and mean uniform temperature gradient. The model is based on rapid distortion theory, which gives the linearized NavierStokes equations in Fourier space. We incorporate the general concept of an eddy life time in order to make the model stationary. The parameterized eddy life time from Mann (1994) is used. In addition to the three parameters from the spectral tensor model of Mann (1994), the model contains two extra parameters as a result of introducing a mean uniform temperature gradient. These parameters are: a stability parameter in the form of the Richardson number, and a measure of the rate of destruction of temperature variance. The model seems to work better for stable than unstable conditions. The model is able to predict well the length scales (corresponding to the peaks of (co) spectra) of the temperature spectrum and temperaturevelocity cospectra. In the intertial subrange, the model shows that the velocitytemperature cospectra are proportional to the 7/3 power of streamwise wavenumber, which is consistent with the measurements. The model is able to predict the temperaturecoherence, moreso in the stable case than in the unstable case. We compare the model predictions against those of Mann (1994) in the coherence estimations, where the new model seems to give slightly improved results.
Original language  English 

Place of Publication  Kgs. Lyngby 

Publisher  Technical University of Denmark 
Number of pages  109 
Publication status  Published  2013 
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Atmospheric turbulence and wind energy
Chougule, A. S., Mann, J., Kelly, M. C., Sørensen, J. N. & Cheng, P. W.
15/04/2010 → 20/09/2013
Project: PhD