Advisor

Sescu, Adrian

Committee Member

Janus, J. Mark

Committee Member

Bhushan, Shanti

Date of Degree

1-1-2016

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering

Department

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Abstract

Atmospheric boundary layer flows around wind turbines distributed in a large wind farm can be examined by the use of large eddy simulation (LES), which is based on the assumption that large eddies in the flow are anisotropic and depend on the mean flow and the configuration geometry, while smaller eddies are isotropic and homogeneous, and can be modeled via subgrid scale models. In this thesis, a pseudo-spectral LES code with inflow conditions imposed through a precursor concurrent simulation is utilized to model the flow around a single wind turbine or a large wind farm operating in thermally-stratified conditions. The effect of the wind turbines on humidity is monitored through an additional scalar convection equation. It is found that on average, the effect of an individual wind turbine on the humidity is less than 1%, while the effect of the wind farm on humidity can reach 1-2% in the cumulative wakes.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/18649

Comments

humidity||wind farms||large eddy simulation

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