Design World has a new sister magazine, Windpower Engineering, and the cover stories of its first issue dealt with CFD as a tool in designing and siting wind turbines. It’s not our intent to reproduce those entire articles here, but we do want you to be aware of and have access to the full articles.
The first article, by editorial director Paul Dvorak, discussed how recent advances in CFD codes and the availability of large scale computer “clusters” are guiding the design work of the next generation of wind turbines. Developers should be able to model a turbine’s power output versus wind velocity, and then the power output for a wind farm with direction data. In addition, detailed information on wake turbulence and velocity deficits in large arrays of wind turbines will avoid the under-prediction of power outputs that plagued previous methods. Those are the goals. The devil, as usual, is in the details…
For the full article, go to http://www.windpowerengineering.com/2009/09/21/cfd’s-role-in-the-windpower-industry
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