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Title: Cluster analysis of wind turbine wakes measured through a scanning Doppler wind LiDAR
Wind turbine wakes are responsible for power losses and added fatigue loads of wind turbines. Providing capabilities to predict accurately wind-turbine wakes for different atmospheric conditions and turbine settings with low computational requirements is crucial for the optimization of wind-farm layout, and for improving wind-turbine controls aiming to increase annual energy production (AEP) and reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for wind power plants. In this work, wake measurements collected with a scanning Doppler wind Li- DAR for broad ranges of the atmospheric static stability regime and incoming wind speed are processed through K-means clustering. For computational feasibility, the cluster analysis is performed on a low-dimensional embedding of the collected data, which is obtained through proper orthogonal decomposition (POD). After data compression, we perform K-means of the POD modes to identify cluster centers and corresponding members from the LiDAR data. The different cluster centers allow us to visualize wake variability over ranges of atmospheric, wind, and turbine parameters. The results show that accurate mapping of the wake variability can be achieved with K-means clustering, which represents an initial step to develop data-driven wake models for accurate and low-computational-cost simulations of wind farms.  more » « less
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AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum
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