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Title: A study on the inclusion of forest canopy morphology data in numerical simulations for the purpose of wind resource assessment
Authors: Desmond, Cian
Watson, Simon J.
Aubrun, Sandrine
Avila, Sergio
Hancock, Philip
Sayer, Adam
Keywords: Wind energy
Wind tunnel
Forest flows
Canopy flows
Atmospheric boundary layer
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Elsevier Ltd (Crown copyright)
Citation: DESMOND, C. ... et al., 2014. A study on the inclusion of forest canopy morphology data in numerical simulations for the purpose of wind resource assessment. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 126, pp.24-37.
Abstract: A series of numerical simulations of the flow over a forest stand have been conducted using two different turbulence closure models along with various levels of canopy morphology data. Simulations have been validated against Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry measurements from a wind tunnel study using one hundred architectural model trees, the porosities of which have been assessed using a photographic technique. It has been found that an accurate assessment of the porosity of the canopy, and specifically the variability with height, improves simulation quality regardless of the turbulence closure model used or the level of canopy geometry included. The observed flow field and recovery of the wake is in line with characteristic canopy flows published in the literature and it was found that the Shear Stress Transport turbulence model was best able to capture this detail numerically.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the EU FP7-PEOPLE program.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2013.12.011
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17732
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2013.12.011
ISSN: 0167-6105
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