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Measuring the local wind field at an escarpment using small remotely-piloted aircraft

Wildmann, Norman and Bernard, Sarah and Bange, Jens (2016) Measuring the local wind field at an escarpment using small remotely-piloted aircraft. Renewable Energy (103), pp. 613-619. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2016.10.073. ISSN 0960-1481.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2016.10.073


A remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA) is used in this study to collect high resolution data of the flow in complex terrain at a potential site for a wind energy test field in Southern Germany. It is described how such a system was used to retrieve information about the flow field, turbulence intensity, vertical wind components and shear at an escarpment site that is known for its high wind potential. Measurements were done with the aircraft on several days with varying wind and weather conditions, while the focus of the study is on the characterisation of the flow field in main wind direction and neutral stratification. It is shown that flow inclination of up to 30� is found over the escarpment, but attenuates within a few hundred metres downstream. The formation of a reattached boundary layer could be measured, as well as an increased turbulence intensity in the reattachment zone. The results are highly valuable information for the planning of a wind energy test site at the location of the experiment and can also be used for the validation of numerical simulations and remote sensing instruments.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/108105/
Document Type:Article
Title:Measuring the local wind field at an escarpment using small remotely-piloted aircraft
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Wildmann, NormanDLR, IPA & Universität Tübingenhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9475-4206UNSPECIFIED
Bernard, SarahUniversität TübingenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bange, JensUniversität TübingenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Renewable Energy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 613-619
Keywords:Complex Terrain, Remotely-piloted aircraft, Unmanned aerial vehicle,
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SF - Solar research
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Wind Energy (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Transport Meteorology
Deposited By: Ziegele, Brigitte
Deposited On:21 Nov 2016 12:43
Last Modified:21 Nov 2023 13:58

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