CFD Code Increases Accuracy of Turbine Wake Simulation

May 20, 2019 3:55 pm Published by

Computer modeling of interactions between wind turbine, wind turbulence, and wake behind the turbine hold potential for future wind plant simulations

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Wind turbine velocities modeled with Nalu-Wind. Photo credit: Matt Barone, Stefan Domino, and Chris Bruner (Sandia National Laboratories).

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using cutting-edge national supercomputing resources to develop an open-source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code that simulates wind plants with greater accuracy than previously possible. This Nalu-Wind code is emerging as the foundation for next-generation wind plant flow modeling, enabling operators and developers to predict blade health, power production, and plant costs more accurately, to ultimately reduce the overall expense of wind energy.

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