Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dynamic Effects of Inertial Particles on the Wake Recovery of a Model Wind Turbine
by Smith, Sarah E., M.S., Portland State University, 2020, 54; 27996766
Abstract (Summary)

Impacting particles such as rain, dust, and other debris can have devastating structural effects on wind turbines, but little is known about the interaction of such debris within turbine wakes. This study aims to characterize behavior of inertial particles within the turbulent wake of a wind turbine and relative effects on wake recovery. Here a model wind turbine is subjected to varied two-phase inflow conditions, with wind as the carrier fluid (Reλ = 49−88) and polydisperse water droplets (26 to 45μm in diameter) at varied concentrations (Φv = 0.24 × 10−5 − 1.3 × 10−5), comparing with sub-inertial particles that follow the flow streamlines. Phase doppler interferometry (PDI) and particle image velocimetry (PIV) were employed at multiple downstream locations, centered with respect to turbine hub height. Analysis considers momentum and particle size distribution within the wake focusing on turbulence statistics and preferential concentra-tion. PDI data show droplet size varied with wake location and volume fraction, and the inflow velocity of Reλ = 66.58 demonstrated Φv-dependent increases in streamwise velocity deficits of 59.5% to 62.6% and 15.8% to 19.8% for near and far wake, respectively. PIV data indicated correlation of particle concentration to wake expansion and amplified downward trajectory over the entire interrogation field. Contributions to kinetic energy and momentum are diminished overall for inertial particle cases compared to single-phase, except turbulent momentum flux u′v′, where shearing effects are visible at the rotor top edge in near wake and concentrated magnitudes increase in far wake correlating with increased Φv. Application of Voronoi analysis identified clustering behavior in far wake and was validated as motivation for future studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cal, Raúl Bayoán
Commitee: Recktenwald, Gerald, Weislogel, Mark
School: Portland State University
Department: Mechanical Engineering
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mechanical engineering, Fluid mechanics
Keywords: Clustering, Inertial particles, Multi-phase flow, Turbine wake recovery, Turbulence, Wind energy
Publication Number: 27996766
ISBN: 9798664783094
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