72th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (November 23, 2019 — November 26, 2019)

V0037: Let it snow: Understanding wind turbine wake behavior using snow PIV and large eddy simulations

  • Luis Martinez, NREL
  • Aliza Abraham, University of Minnesota
  • Nicholas Hamilton, NREL
  • Jiarong Hong, University of Minnesota
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/APS.DFD.2019.GFM.V0037

In this work, we compare experimental measurements of wind turbine wakes using snow PIV to large eddy simulations. Results show excellent agreement between the two. Wake expansion and contraction is related to changes in velocity fluctuations and changes in pitch and rotor speed.

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