Wind tunnel research continues to deliver insights as to the complex interaction between wind turbines and the atmospheric from which they extract energy. As wind turbines continue to grow ever larger and future wind development moves offshore, the dynamics and interaction between the atmospheric resource, operating environment, and the turbines themselves across many orders of magnitude become ever more important. This special issue on wind tunnel research focuses on the insights delivered from wind energy research in the laboratory and collects advancements in flow characterization, coherent turbulent structures, and dynamical scaling that will support next-generation design and operational strategies of wind turbines and wind plants.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Coherent wake structures
- Reynolds number scaling and dependence
- Tip and hub/root vortex interaction
- Turbulence and structural loading
- Blade boundary layers
- Atmospheric stability and turbulence
- Wave dynamics and interaction (Froude, Strouhal coupling)
- Heat/mass/momentum/moisture transport phenomena
- Wake flow mitigation and recovery strategies
- Wind turbines and complex terrain
- Structural loads in wind turbines and wind farms
- Wind turbine aeroacoustics
Nicholas Hamilton – NREL
Majid Bastankhah – Durham State University
Raúl Bayoán Cal – Portland State University
How to Submit:
- Please submit through the online submission system.
- Under manuscript information → Title/Abstract → select “Invited Submission: Yes”.
- Under manuscript information → Manuscript classification → select “Wind Tunnel Research, Dynamics, and Scaling for Wind Energy”