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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-907-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-907-2015
Research article
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23 Feb 2015
Research article |  | 23 Feb 2015

Quantifying error of lidar and sodar Doppler beam swinging measurements of wind turbine wakes using computational fluid dynamics

J. K. Lundquist, M. J. Churchfield, S. Lee, and A. Clifton

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Wind-profiling lidars are now regularly used in boundary-layer meteorology and in applications like wind energy, but their use often relies on assuming homogeneity in the wind. Using numerical simulations of stable flow past a wind turbine, we quantify the error expected because of the inhomogeneity of the flow. Large errors (30%) in winds are found near the wind turbine, but by three rotor diameters downwind, errors in the horizontal components have decreased to 15% of the inflow.