Feasibility study for estimating the offshore shear layer from on shore measurements

Matthew Stickland, Thomas Scanlon, Sylvie Fabre, Andrew Oldroyd, Torben Mikkelsen

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Abstract

This paper presents an open source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study of air flow over a complex terrain. The open source C++ toolbox OpenFOAM has been used for the CFD analysis and the terrain considered is a scale model of Berlengas Island, which lies close to the Portuguese coast. In order to validate the CFD model, experimental work has been carried out in an open-section wind tunnel using hot-wire anemometry to measure the wind profiles above the island. In the majority of cases, the OpenFOAM CFD solutions show very good agreement with the experimental wind profile data, confirming that open source CFD solutions are possible for environmental flows over complex terrain. Such an analysis demonstrates the feasibility of estimating offshore boundary layer effects from onshore measurements.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2011
EventEWEA Offshore 2011: Moving Ahead of the Energy Curve - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Nov 20111 Dec 2011

Conference

ConferenceEWEA Offshore 2011: Moving Ahead of the Energy Curve
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period29/11/111/12/11

Keywords

  • air flows
  • computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • boundary layer effects
  • offshore

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    Northern Seas Wind Index Database

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    Stickland, M., Scanlon, T., Fabre, S., Oldroyd, A., & Mikkelsen, T. (2011). Feasibility study for estimating the offshore shear layer from on shore measurements. Poster session presented at EWEA Offshore 2011: Moving Ahead of the Energy Curve, Amsterdam, Netherlands.