Statistical Model of Extreme Shear

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In order to continue cost-optimisation of modern large wind turbines, it is important to continously increase the knowledge on wind field parameters relevant to design loads. This paper presents a general statistical model that offers site-specific prediction of the probability density function (PDF) of turbulence driven short-term extreme wind shear events, conditioned on the mean wind speed, for an arbitrary recurrence period. The model is based on an asymptotic expansion, and only a few and easily accessible parameters are needed as input. The model of the extreme PDF is supplemented by a model that, on a statistically consistent basis, describe the most likely spatial shape of an extreme wind shear event. Predictions from the model have been compared with results from an extreme value data analysis, based on a large number of high-sampled full-scale time series measurements. the measurements have been extracted from "Database on Wind Charateristics" (, and they refer to a site caracterised by a flat homogeneous terrain. The comparison has been conducted for three different (high wind) mean wind speed, and model predictions and experimental results are consistent, given the inevitabel uncertainties associated with model as well as with the extreme value data analysis. Keywords: Statistical model, extreme wind conditions, statistical analysis, turbulence, wind loading, statistical analysis, turbulence, wind loading, wind shear, wind turbines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the special Topic Conference: The science of making Torque from Wind
EditorsG.A.M. van Kuik
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherDelft University of Technology
Publication date2004
ISBN (Print)90-76468-10-9
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventDUWIND - Delft
Duration: 1 Jan 2004 → …


Period01/01/2004 → …

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