Multi-Physics Engineering Tool for Wind-Plant Design and Analysis
This LDRD project will develop, validate, and demonstrate a new multi-physics tool applicable to engineering problems in research and industry involving wind-plant performance and cost optimization that is needed to address the current underperformance, failures, and expenses plaguing the wind industry. The tool to be developed balances the need not currently met by existing tools for highly accurate modeling of the relevant physics and low computational cost to support a highly iterative and probabilistic design process and system-wide optimization. While the proposed tool will be based on some methodologies of existing tools, including passive tracer modeling of wake meandering, the tool will be unique in that the various submodels will be reformulated from high-fidelity computations, the entire wind plant will be solved in parallel, and a new model for wake merging will be introduced. The tool will be validated against high-fidelity computations and measured data showing improvements in accuracy and capability over existing approaches. The tool will be applied to the wind-plant control design problem to demonstrate the benefits of a novel simultaneous performance and load control strategy.
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