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Computational Investigation of Tower Shadow Effects on Wind Turbines

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Adrian Sescu, Brett Andersen, Abdollah A. Afjeh

University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Paper No. IMECE2011-62313, pp. 1209-1213; 5 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Fluids and Thermal Systems; Advances for Process Industries, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5492-1
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


In this paper, a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of tower shadow effect associated with downwind configuration horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWT) is presented. This work is part of a large project focused on the design and installation of a multi-megawatt, downwind configuration, offshore HAWT in Lake Erie. The numerical tool is a dedicated commercial CFD solver, capable of performing accurate simulations in three dimensions, by solving the Navier-Stokes equations in turbulent regime. The tower shadow effect is analyzed by comparing results from the downwind configuration to results from the corresponding upwind configuration and free rotor.

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