Characterizing power performance and wake of a wind turbine under yaw and blade pitch

Neha Marathe, Andrew Swift, Brian Hirth, Richard Walker, John Schroeder

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Wind turbine wakes have been recognized as a key issue causing underperformance in existing wind farms. In order to improve the performance and reduce the cost of energy from wind farms, one approach is to develop innovative methods to improve the net capacity factor by reducing wake losses. The output power and characteristics of the wake of a utility-scale wind turbine under yawed flow is studied to explore the possibility of improving the overall performance of wind farms. Preliminary observations show that the power performance of a turbine does not degrade significantly under yaw conditions up to approximately 10°. Additionally, a yawed wind turbine may be able to deflect its wake in the near-wake region, changing the wake trajectory downwind, with the progression of the far wake being dependent on several atmospheric factors such as wind streaks. Changes in the blade pitch angle also affect the characteristics of the turbine wake and are also examined in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)963-978
Number of pages16
JournalWind Energy
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • dual-Doppler
  • field observations
  • pitch
  • power
  • wakes
  • yawed flow


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