A NUMERICAL ASSESSMENT OF ATMOSPHERIC BOUNDARY LAYER SIMULATION INSIDE TWO DIFFERENT BOUNDARY LAYER WIND TUNNELS

2019-09-20
Abdulrahim, Anas
Elfarra, Munir
Uzol, Oğuz
A new large scale wind tunnel is under development at METU Center for Wind Energy (RÜZGEM). This wind tunnel is a closed-loop multi-purpose wind tunnel with a 3 m x 7 m x 20 m boundary layer test section. Inside this test section the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) will be simulated using the spire-roughness element technique in order to represent different terrain exposures (or categories) as defined by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Since no experimental data are available yet, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) will be implemented as a tool in order to provide an initial assessment for the simulation of the ABL. However, in order to validate the CFD approach, another wind tunnel test case from literature will be used for comparison. This wind tunnel has 1.82 m x 1.82 m x 9.8 m test section. Four different test cases have been simulated and the results show reasonable agreement between the experiments and numerical results in terms of velocity profiles, power law exponents and boundary layer parameters.
Citation Formats
A. Abdulrahim, M. Elfarra, and O. Uzol, “A NUMERICAL ASSESSMENT OF ATMOSPHERIC BOUNDARY LAYER SIMULATION INSIDE TWO DIFFERENT BOUNDARY LAYER WIND TUNNELS,” presented at the 10th ANKARA INTERNATIONAL AEROSPACE CONFERENCE, Ankara, Türkiye, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/79734.