Impact of Coherent Turbulence on Wind Turbine Aeroelastic Response and Its Simulation: Preprint

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In this paper, we present a brief overview of our recent research results regarding the impact of organized or coherent inflow turbulence on the dynamic response of operating wind turbines. Previous field experimentation has demonstrated that the greatest structural fatigue damage tends to occur during the nighttime hours from coherent turbulence that develops in the stable, nocturnal atmosphericboundary layer. We have found that under such conditions, intense vertical wind shear and temperature gradients create resonant flow fields that are capable of imparting short-period loading and vibrational energy as wind turbine rotor blades pass through regions of organized or coherent turbulence. This energy is subsequently propagated throughout the remainder of the structure, where it isoften locally dissipated. We also briefly discuss our recent progress in developing a numerical simulation that includes such coherent inflow conditions that can be used to excite wind turbine design codes.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2005
EventPrepared for WindPower 2005 - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 15 May 200518 May 2005


ConferencePrepared for WindPower 2005
CityDenver, Colorado

Bibliographical note

Prepared for WindPower 2005, 15-18 May 2005, Denver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-500-38074


  • electric power systems
  • utility system
  • wind plants
  • wind power


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