Code-to-Code-to-Experiment Validation of LES-ALM Wind Farm Simulators: Article No. 062041

C. Wang, A. Muñóz-Simon, Georgios Deskos, S. Laizet, R. Palacios, F. Campagnolo, C. Bottasso

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The aim of this work is to present a detailed code-to-code comparison of two Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) solvers. Corresponding experimental measurements are used as a reference to validate the quality of the CFD simulations. The comparison highlights the effects of solver order on the solutions, and it tries to answer the question of whether a high order solver is necessary to capture the main characteristics of a wind farm. Both solvers were used on different grids to study their convergence behavior. While both solvers show a good match with experimental measurements, it appears that the low order solver is more accurate and substantially cheaper in terms of computational cost.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5000-77997


  • CFD simulations
  • code comparisons
  • computational costs
  • convergence behaviors
  • wind farm


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