Numerical studies of wind turbine acoustics

Christopher C. Nelson, Alan B. Cain, Ganesh Raman, Tom Chan, Michael Saunders, Jay Noble, Robert Engeln, Robert Dougherty, Kenneth S. Brentner, Philip J. Morris

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The use of an unsteady CFD simulation to provide data for a full acoustic analysis of a wind turbine has been demonstrated. The OVERFLOW solver was employed to predict the nearfield conditions. The data from the CFD simulation was sampled to provide the input for the PSU-WOPWOP Ffowcs Williams-Hawkings solver. PSU-WOPWOP was employed to predict the farfield acoustic conditions at locations that correspond to a virtual phased array of microphones. The pressure "measurements" from the virtual array were then processed using the Beamform Interactive software package using the same techniques employed for physical microphone array measurements. All the stages of this process have now been demonstrated, and the process is able to predict the expected broadband noise sources focused near the rotor tips. When fully realized, this technology offers the possibility of screening wind turbine designs for acoustical qualities prior to building and operational testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2012
Event50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition - Nashville, TN, United States
Duration: Jan 9 2012Jan 12 2012


Other50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNashville, TN

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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