Articles | Volume 8, issue 7
Research article
04 Jul 2023
Research article |  | 04 Jul 2023

Investigating the physical mechanisms that modify wind plant blockage in stable boundary layers

Miguel Sanchez Gomez, Julie K. Lundquist, Jeffrey D. Mirocha, and Robert S. Arthur


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'Comment on wes-2023-20', Karim Ali, 22 Feb 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on CC1', Miguel Sanchez Gomez, 17 Apr 2023
  • RC1: 'Comment on wes-2023-20', Dries Allaerts, 07 Mar 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Miguel Sanchez Gomez, 17 Apr 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on wes-2023-20', Anonymous Referee #2, 14 Mar 2023
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Miguel Sanchez Gomez, 17 Apr 2023
  • RC3: 'Comment on wes-2023-20', Bleeg James, 24 Mar 2023
    • AC4: 'Reply on RC3', Miguel Sanchez Gomez, 17 Apr 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Miguel Sanchez Gomez on behalf of the Authors (17 Apr 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (02 May 2023) by Jakob Mann
ED: Publish as is (02 Jun 2023) by Jakob Mann (Chief editor)
AR by Miguel Sanchez Gomez on behalf of the Authors (02 Jun 2023)
Short summary
The wind slows down as it approaches a wind plant; this phenomenon is called blockage. As a result, the turbines in the wind plant produce less power than initially anticipated. We investigate wind plant blockage for two atmospheric conditions. Blockage is larger for a wind plant compared to a stand-alone turbine. Also, blockage increases with atmospheric stability. Blockage is amplified by the vertical transport of horizontal momentum as the wind approaches the front-row turbines in the array.
Final-revised paper