The Fractal Dimension of the Wind

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C. Y. Syu, R. H. Kirchhoff

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003

J. Sol. Energy Eng 115(3), 151-154 (Aug 01, 1993) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930042 History: Received March 01, 1992; Revised February 01, 1993; Online June 06, 2008


In this paper the concept of a fractal and its dimension is presented. The fractal dimension of the horizontal component of several wind speed time series is determined by the variation method. It is concluded that the fractal dimension D=1.60 can be used to describe the wind both at Windsor, MA, and Altamont, CA. The fractal dimension is related to the universal estimate of the decay rate of turbulent kinetic energy in the wind.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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