Research Papers

Modeling of Turbulent Atmospheric Flow Around Tubular and Lattice Meteorological Masts

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Matthieu Tusch, Christian Masson

Canada Research Chair in Nordic Environment Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines, Ecole de Technologie Supérieure, 1100 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC, H3C1K3, Canadamatthieu.tusch@gmail.com

Pierre Héraud

 Helimax Energy Inc., 4101 rue Molson, Bureau 100, Montréal, QC, H1Y3L1, Canadaheraudp@helimax.com

J. Sol. Energy Eng 133(1), 011011 (Feb 03, 2011) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4003293 History: Received April 20, 2010; Revised December 12, 2010; Published February 03, 2011; Online February 03, 2011

This paper presents a numerical study of turbulent atmospheric flow around tubular and lattice meteorological masts and a wind speed and energy uncertainty calculation method based on the numerical results. The flow is described by the Reynolds averaged Navier–Stokes equations, complemented by the shear stress transport turbulence model, with modified constants and source terms added to maintain turbulence properties. ANSYS-CFX 11.0 is used to solve the computational model. The numerical results have been post-processed to account for the wind direction changes during the 10-min-measurement-period, and have been validated with mast data. From the numerical results, a wind speed and energy uncertainty calculation method that takes the wind rose into account is proposed. This technique provides a means to detect incorrectly mounted booms according to the local wind conditions. Most importantly, it produces uncertainty more conservatively than both the International Energy Agency (IEA) recommendations and the IEC-61400-121 (International Electrotechnical Commission) annex G norm. These differences stem from the use of a turbulence model in this paper, which predicts higher flow distortions due to the presence of the mast.

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Figure 10

Considered wind rose

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Figure 1

Refinement study, tubular tower. u/u∞ at r/D=3. Re=6E4. IT=12.5%.

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Figure 2

Influence of the gamma-theta transition model. u/u∞ at r/D=6.

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Figure 3

Comparison of predicted and observed velocity ratio. Re=6E4. TI=12.5%.

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Figure 4

Comparison of numerical results using the IEC-61400-121 annex G and the proposed model

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Figure 5

Tubular tower, comparison between numerical results from an actuator disk modeling and experimental data. CD=1.18. r/D=10.3.

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Figure 6

Comparison of numerical results and experimental data (Helimax Energy, solidity=0.1). r/L=6.5. CD=0.55.

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Figure 7

Comparison of the numerical results using the IEC-61400-121 annex G and the proposed model. Solidity=0.1.

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Figure 8

Tubular tower results

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Figure 9

Lattice mast results




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