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Turbulent inlet boundary conditions for Large Eddy Simulation: A urban wind energy test-case

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Publication Details
Authors: Vita Giulio, Hemida Hassan, Chaudhari Ashvinkumar, Baniotopoulos Charalampos
Publication year: 2018
Language: English
Title of parent publication: Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Wind Energy Harvesting WINERCOST’18
Start page: 253
End page: 260
Number of pages: 8
JUFO-Level of this publication: 0
Open Access: Open Access publication


This paper reports on an investigation on numerical techniques to include turbulence at the inlet of Large
Eddy Simulations (LES). Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is promising as a technique to support wind
tunnel results and provide a thorough understanding of the flow field. LES in particular may represent a
breakthrough in the correct modelling of turbulence as found in complex geometrical configuration, such
as in the urban environment. In fact, the poor understanding of local features of urban and buildings flows
is the main reason of the lack of a convincing positioning strategy for Wind Energy Converters (WEC) in
such conditions. Nevertheless, Wind Energy is considered a promising way of harvesting wind energy in
built areas, as it slashes infrastructural wind energy costs. Developing a successful numerical technique
would therefore improve our understanding of the inflow to be considered for urban wind turbines, help us
model the effect of turbulence on the aerodynamic performance and eventually assess a positioning strategy
which could in turn improve the current poor performance of this technology.

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