Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
Research article
06 Mar 2020
Research article |  | 06 Mar 2020

Radar-derived precipitation climatology for wind turbine blade leading edge erosion

Frederick Letson, Rebecca J. Barthelmie, and Sara C. Pryor


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AR by Frederick Letson on behalf of the Authors (08 Nov 2019)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 Nov 2019) by Julio J. Melero
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (24 Nov 2019)
ED: Publish as is (29 Nov 2019) by Julio J. Melero
ED: Publish as is (02 Dec 2019) by Joachim Peinke(Chief editor)
Short summary
Wind turbine blade leading edge erosion (LEE) is potentially a significant source of energy loss and expense for wind farm operators. This study presents a novel approach to characterizing LEE potential from precipitation across the contiguous USA based on publicly available National Weather Service dual-polarization RADAR data. The approach is described in detail and illustrated using six locations distributed across parts of the USA that have substantial wind turbine deployments.