Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 345–352, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-3-345-2018
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 345–352, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-3-345-2018
Research article
07 Jun 2018
Research article | 07 Jun 2018

The second curvature correction for the straight segment approximation of periodic vortex wakes

David H. Wood

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The vortices in the wakes of wind turbines are often approximated by short, straight vortex segments, which cannot reproduce the curvature singularity in the induced velocity. They can also have a second error due to the periodicity: the vortices return to close proximity of the point at which the velocity is calculated. The second error is assessed by representing the far wake of a turbine as a row of vortex rings. The error is quantified and a simple correction is developed.