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Low-Order Modelling of Blade-Induced Turbulence for RANS Actuator Disk Computations of Wind and Tidal Turbines

Authors
  • Nishino, Takafumi
  • Willden, Richard H. J.
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Oct 11, 2012
Submission Date
Oct 11, 2012
Identifiers
arXiv ID: 1210.3173
Source
arXiv
License
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Abstract

Modelling of turbine blade-induced turbulence (BIT) is discussed within the framework of three-dimensional Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) actuator disk computations. We first propose a generic (baseline) BIT model, which is applied only to the actuator disk surface, does not include any model coefficients (other than those used in the original RANS turbulence model) and is expected to be valid in the limiting case where BIT is fully isotropic and in energy equilibrium. The baseline model is then combined with correction functions applied to the region behind the disk to account for the effect of rotor tip vortices causing a mismatch of Reynolds shear stress between short- and long-time averaged flow fields. Results are compared with wake measurements of a two-bladed wind turbine model of Medici and Alfredsson [Wind Energy, Vol. 9, 2006, pp. 219-236] to demonstrate the capability of the new model.

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