Tall tower wind shear observations in the stable nocturnal boundary layer

Kevin Walter, Christopher C. Weiss, Andrew H.P. Swift, Jamie Chapman, Neil D. Kelley

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Abstract

Wind power systems are susceptible to shear in the free-stream wind. While past work in wind power systems has focused on assessing shear in wind speed, work from other disciplines has shown the existence of shear in wind direction, most often in the stable nocturnal boundary layer. Preliminary tall tower observations from Lubbock, Texas show this relationship as well. Potential meteorological causes for these phenomena are given, along with an introduction to the aerodynamic problem that arises in the presence of directional shear. The aerodynamic problem of direction shear is shown to be different from the case of turbine operation in yawed flow, and future work is outlined to quantify its impact on wind power systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Pages14600-14609
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)1563478900, 9781563478901
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Event45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2007 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 8 2007Jan 11 2007

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Volume21

Conference

Conference45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2007
CountryUnited States
CityReno, NV
Period01/8/0701/11/07

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    Walter, K., Weiss, C. C., Swift, A. H. P., Chapman, J., & Kelley, N. D. (2007). Tall tower wind shear observations in the stable nocturnal boundary layer. In Collection of Technical Papers - 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting (pp. 14600-14609). (Collection of Technical Papers - 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting; Vol. 21). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2007-1224