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Rødsand II wind-farm instantaneous LES flow field datasets and averaged power output

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posted on 2023-05-16, 14:14 authored by Marwa SouaibyMarwa Souaiby, Fernando Porté-Agel

At EPFL, the WIRE-LES code, a well-established Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) code [1-3], is implemented to understand the flow physics better inside and in the wake of the Rødsand II wind-farm. The LES simulation of this wind-farm would provide important insights to the field measurement team. Time and space-averaged results help determine the most interesting locations for taking measurements.

The modelled wind-farm case considers prevalent offshore conditions in Denmark. A conventionally neutral boundary layer (CNBL) and a weak free atmosphere stratification level fixed at Gamma=1K/km are simulated. Rødsand II consists of 90 turbines manufactured by Siemens, SWT-2.3-93 of 2.3MW with a diameter D=93m and a hub height of z_h=68.5m [4-6]. The surface roughness is set to z_0=0.001m. The flow is driven by a geostrophic wind G=9.5m/s and the Coriolis parameter is equivalent to the latitude of the Rødsand II location, which is f_c=1.185e-4rad/s. The case is initialized with a constant streamwise velocity of 9.5m/s. The inflow to the windfarm is characterized by an 8.5m/s velocity and a 7% streamwise turbulence intensity at hub height. It is worth noting that the wind direction is West.

In the figure attached (Power_map.png), we can find the layout of the Rødsand II wind-farm and the colour indicates the time-averaged power output of each turbine. The plotted power output can be found in the 5x18 matrix attached (Rodsand2_avg_turb_power.mat ) which can be opened in MATLAB.

The .nc files contain the generated instantaneous flow field data every 1.2 seconds of the CNBL case over 10mins of real-time simulation, extracted in standard NetCDF format. The data is taken at three horizontal xy-planes: the hub height, top tip and lower tip height, where 'hub, 'top' and 'bottom' are the corresponding labels for each that can be found at the end of each .nc file. The streamwise velocity component 'u' is recorded. The naming convention would be: t_ts_u_top/hub/

The geometry used to model the wind-farm, and which is helpful to read the flow fields, is also attached as a text file where the x and y coordinates used in the LES model are listed in two columns (x/y).

Computing resources were provided by EPFL through its Scientific IT and Application Support Center (SCITAS) and by the Swiss National Super-computing Centre (CSCS).


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EU H2020 Marie Curie Train2Wind project no. 861291

Training school on entrainment in offshore wind power

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  • Wind power plant;>Wind farm;>Wakes


  • Flow;>LES


  • Modeling

External conditions

  • Location;>Offshore;>Offshore

Data category

  • Wind farm data

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