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American Institute of Physics

Computer Simulation Image

Caption: Instantaneous streamwise velocity magnitudes on three perpendicular planes across a wind turbine array boundary layer, obtained from computer simulation. The dark semicircles denote the positions of the wind turbines and the blue regions behind them denote the meandering wakes. Such simulations have been used to develop a model for wind farm roughness length, from which optimal wind turbine spacings can be deduced. Optimal spacing is found to be about 15 diameters.

Credit: Johan Meyers at Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (Belgium), and Charles Meneveau, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (USA).

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