Physical Model Study of the Wind Turbine Array Boundary Layer

Conference Proceeding


  • First results from an experimental investigation of the fully developed wind turbine array boundary layer are reported, using arrays of up to 100 model wind turbines with a diameter of 0.25 m. The wind turbine array was simulated by a combination of drag-matched porous disks, used in the upstream part of the array, and by a smaller array of realistically scaled 3-bladed wind turbines just upstream of the measurement location. The model array was placed in the 6.0 m × 2.7 m × 72.0 m test section of the UNH Flow Physics Facility. Power, rate of rotation and rotor thrust were measured for select turbines, and hot-wire anemometry was used for flow measurements. Development of a fully developed wind turbine array boundary layer was noted with increase in array size.
  • Authors

  • Charmanski, Kyle
  • Turner, John
  • Wosnik, Martin
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • August 3, 2014
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13

  • 9780791846247
  • Start Page

  • v01dt39a010
  • End Page

  • v01dt39a010