Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 461–474, 2018

Special issue: Wind Energy Science Conference 2017

Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 461–474, 2018

Research article 06 Jul 2018

Research article | 06 Jul 2018

Simulation of transient gusts on the NREL 5 MW wind turbine using the URANS solver THETA

Annika Länger-Möller

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The capability of the DLR flow solver to simulate a wind turbine operating in an extreme gust event is presented by propagating the extreme gust through the flow field. The behaviour of the aerodynamic rotor loading and flow characteristics on the rotor blades were evaluated. The long-term perspective is to improve the understanding of the effects of instationary aerodynamics on the wind turbine. This will help to improve wind turbine design methods.