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Navier-Stokes equations with application to wind energy problems Alexander Rauh, Institute of Physics, University of Oldenburg, Germany Content: I.) Why are the NSE a strong theory? II.) Computational fluid dynamics (CFD): Some strategic points III.) Open problems in the hydrodynamics of wind energy

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With thanks for the support of the Oldenburg colleagues Joachim Peinke (Hydronamics and ForWind Institute) Detlev Heinemann (Energy meteorology) and Jürgen Dreher (Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Univ. Bochum)

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IIa.) Lattice gas automata Particles move on a lattice, and collide conserving mass and momentum Advantages: Easy parallelization. No rounding errors. Easy tagging of particles. Disadvantage: Additional storage and CPU to form fluid parcels.

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Sinkink of heavy fluid into a leighter one. By courtesy of Jürgen Dreher, Ruhr-Universität Bochum bochum.de/%7Ejd/racoon/example.html

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Display of grid refinement For parallelization, cell groups are formed

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Application to wind energy An economic incentive Installed electricity power in Germany GW conventional20 GW wind Suppliers Consumers EEX Bourse

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Estimates of spotmarked for next-day delivery Assume an offer of 10h wind power from wind turbines with 5 GW capacity. This is an offer of 5x10 7 kWh at the EEX (European Energy Exchange Bourse) Qualitity assessment by energy meteorology can make a price difference of the order of 1cent/kWh or 5x10 5 Euro per day.

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What can Fluid Dynamics contribute to wind power assessment? 1.) Calculate the efficiency of a single wind turbine (WT) from the Navier-Stokes equation (NSE) for steady winds by CFD. 2.) Elaborate the response of the WT to fluctuating winds by CFD. =============================================== ========== 3.) Estimate the effect of shadowing in wind parks by CFD. 4.) Work out a CFD code to consider the orographic influence at a given site. 5.) Improve the present theory to infer wind velocity distribution in a larger area, including height dependence, from measurements at sparsly distributed points.

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Is there an optimum efficieny of WD analogous to the Carnot efficiency? Definition of efficiency: η = L/P W, where L is the mechanical power transferred by the wind to the turbine and P W = ρ/2 A R u 3 the available wind power flowing through the rotor area A R ; u is velocity component vertical to rotor plane and sufficiently far away from the turbine. Betz Carnot - optimum (1927 ): η = 16/27

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Control volume of Betz theory. There is momentum flow through the mantle surface. This was neglected: There is no condition on the efficiency. For a measured efficiency higher than Betz, see Abe K., Nishida M., Sakurai A, et al. Experimental and numerical investigation of flow fields behind a small wind turbine with flanged diffuser, J. of Wind Eng. Ind. Aerodynamics, 93, 951 (2005).

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Measured power as function of wind speed over 24h (Tjareborg 2MW wind turbine) How can one get a Power Curve from such fluctuating measurements? How can one estimate the day-ahead power output?

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Conclusion This is to suggest the application of the adaptive mesh refinement method (AMR), including parallelization, to wind energy technology : - Efficiency of wind turbines (WT) from NSE simulation - Modelling the (delayed) response of WT to fluctuating wind. - …….. Comment: The pioneering work on AMR of M.J. Berger and P. Colella, J. Comp. Phys. 82, 64 (1989) has almost 400 citations until now. Most in Astrophysics, then comes Plasmaphysics. No citation in the wind energy problems mentioned. Closest paper, maybe, is on turbomachinary flow. An exotic example among the 400 citations: Simulation of penetration of a sequence of bombs into granite rock.

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Textbooks to Navier-Stokes Equations L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz, Fluid Mechanics, Pergamon Press C. Pozrikidis, Introduction to Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Oxford Univ. Press U. Frisch, Turbulence, Cambridge Univ. Press Ch.R. Doering and J.D. Gibbon, Applied Analysis of the Navier-Stokes Equations, Cambridge Univ. Press O.A. Ladyshenskaya, The Mathematical Theory of Viscous Incompressible Flow, Gordon and Breach, N.Y References to Computational Fluid Dynamics U. Frisch, D. dHumiere et al., Lattice-Gas Automata for the Navier-Stokes Equation, Complex Systems 1, (1987). C.A.J. Fletcher, Computational Techniques for Fluid Dynamics, Vol.1 and 2, Springer M.J. Berger and P. Colella, Local Adaptive Mesh Refinement for Shock Hydrodynamics, J. Comp. Phys. 82, 64 (1989). J. Dreher and R. Grauer, A Parallel Mesh-Adaptive Framework for Hyperbolic Conservation Laws, Parallel Computing 31, 913 (2005). References to Hydrodynamics and Wind Energy K. Abe, M. Nishida, A. Sakurai et al., Experimental und numerical investigations of flow fields behind a small wind turbine with a flanged diffuser, J. Wind Eng. Ind. Aerodyn. 93, 951 (2005). A. Rauh and W. Seelert, The Betz Optimum Efficiency for Windmills, Applied Energy 17, 15 (1984). A. Rauh and J. Peinke, A phenomenological model for the dynamic response of wind turbines to turbulent wind,. Wind Eng. Ind. Aerodyn. 92, 159 (2004). A. Rauh, E. Anahua, St. Barth, J. Peinke, Phenomenological Response Theory to Predict Power Output, in: Wind Energy, Proceedings of the Euromech Colloquium, Eds. J. Peinke, St. Barth, P. Schaumann, p.153, Springer 2007.

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