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Title: Large Eddy Simulation of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines
Authors: Hezaveh, Seyed Hossein
Advisors: Bou-Zeid, Elie
Contributors: Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Keywords: Actuator Line Model
Large Eddy Simulation
Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Clusters
Wind Energy
Subjects: Civil engineering
Environmental engineering
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: Due to several design advantages and operational characteristics, particularly in offshore farms, vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) are being reconsidered as a complementary technology to horizontal axial turbines (HAWTs). However, considerable gaps remain in our understanding of VAWT performance since they have been significantly less studied than HAWTs. This thesis examines the performance of isolated VAWTs based on different design parameters and evaluates their characteristics in large wind farms. An actuator line model (ALM) is implemented in an atmospheric boundary layer large eddy simulation (LES) code, with offline coupling to a high-resolution blade-scale unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) model. The LES captures the turbine-to-farm scale dynamics, while the URANS captures the blade-to-turbine scale flow. The simulation results are found to be in good agreement with existing experimental datasets. Subsequently, a parametric study of the flow over an isolated VAWT is carried out by varying solidities, height-to-diameter aspect ratios, and tip speed ratios. The analyses of the wake area and power deficits yield an improved understanding of the evolution of VAWT wakes, which in turn enables a more informed selection of turbine designs for wind farms. One of the most important advantages of VAWTs compared to HAWTs is their potential synergistic interactions that increase their performance when placed in close proximity. Field experiments have confirmed that unlike HAWTs, VAWTs can enhance and increase the total power production when placed near each other. Based on these experiments and using ALM-LES, we also present and test new approaches for VAWT farm configuration. We first design clusters with three turbines then configure farms consisting of clusters of VAWTs rather than individual turbines. The results confirm that by using a cluster design, the average power density of wind farms can be increased by as much as 60% relative to regular arrays. Finally, the thesis conducts an investigation of the influence of farm length (parallel to the wind) to assess the fetch needed for equilibrium to be reached, as well as the origin of the kinetic energy extracted by the turbines.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Civil and Environmental Engineering

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