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Title: Large Eddy Simulation of Wind Turbine Wakes. Detailed Comparisons of Two Codes Focusing on Effects of Numerics and Subgrid Modeling

In this work we report on results from a detailed comparative numerical study from two Large Eddy Simulation (LES) codes using the Actuator Line Model (ALM). The study focuses on prediction of wind turbine wakes and their breakdown when subject to uniform inflow. Previous studies have shown relative insensitivity to subgrid modeling in the context of a finite-volume code. The present study uses the low dissipation pseudo-spectral LES code from Johns Hopkins University (LESGO) and the second-order, finite-volume OpenFOAMcode (SOWFA) from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. When subject to uniform inflow, the loads on the blades are found to be unaffected by subgrid models or numerics, as expected. The turbulence in the wake and the location of transition to a turbulent state are affected by the subgrid-scale model and the numerics.
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  1. Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (United States)
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1742-6588
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Journal Name:
Journal of Physics. Conference Series
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 625; Journal Issue: 1; Related Information: Journal of Physics: Conference Series; Journal ID: ISSN 1742-6588
IOP Publishing
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National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
17 WIND ENERGY; large eddy simulations; wind turbine wakes