Wind turbine wake computation with the ST-VMS method, isogeometric discretization and multidomain method: II. Spatial and temporal resolution

Takashi Kuraishi, Fulin Zhang, Kenji Takizawa*, Tayfun E. Tezduyar

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In this second part of a two-part article, we present extensive studies on spatial and temporal resolution in wind turbine wake computation with the computational framework presented in the first part. The framework, which is made of the Space–Time Variational Multiscale (ST-VMS) method, ST isogeometric discretization, and the Multidomain Method (MDM), enables accurate representation of the turbine long-wake vortex patterns in a computationally efficient way. Because of the ST context, the framework has higher-order accuracy to begin with; because of the VMS feature of the ST-VMS, it addresses the computational challenges associated with the multiscale nature of the flow; with the isogeometric discretization, it provides increased accuracy in the flow solution; and with the MDM, a long wake can be computed over a sequence of subdomains, instead of a single, long domain, thus reducing the computational cost. Also with the MDM, the computation over a downstream subdomain can start several turbine rotations after the computation over the upstream subdomain starts, thus reducing the computational cost even more. In the computations presented here, the velocity data on the inflow plane comes from a previous wind turbine computation, extracted by projection from a plane located 10 m downstream of the turbine, which has a diameter of 126 m. The resolution studies involve three different spatial resolutions and two different temporal resolutions. The studies show that the computational framework provides, with a practical level of efficiency, high-fidelity solutions in wind turbine long-wake computations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-184
Number of pages10
JournalComputational Mechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul


  • Isogeometric discretization
  • Long-wake vortex patterns
  • Multidomain Method
  • Space–Time Variational Multiscale Method
  • Spatial and temporal resolution
  • Temporal periodicity
  • Wind turbine wake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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