Why the Coriolis force turns a wind farm wake clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere

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The interaction between the Coriolis force and a wind farm wake is investigated by Reynoldsaveraged Navier–Stokes simulations, using two different wind farm representations: a high roughness and 5 × 5 actuator disks. Surprisingly, the calculated wind farm wake deflection is the opposite in the two simulations. A momentum balance in the cross flow direction shows that the interaction between the Coriolis force and the 5 × 5 actuator disks is complex due to turbulent mixing of veered momentum from above into the wind farm, which is not observed for the interaction between the Coriolis force and a roughness change. When the wind farm simulations are performed with a horizontally constant Coriolis force in order to isolate the effect of the wind veer, the wind farm wake deflection of the 5 × 5 actuator disks simulation remains unchanged. This proves that the present wind veer deflects the wind farm wake and not the local changes in the Coriolis force in the wake deficit region. An additional simulation of a single actuator disk, operating in a shallow atmospheric boundary layer, confirms that the Coriolis force indirectly turns a wind turbine wake clockwise, as observed from above, due to the presence of a strong wind veer.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWind Energy Science
Pages (from-to)285-294
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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