The effect of a meteorological tower on its top-mounted anemometer

Perrin, Dimitri, McMahon, Niall, Crane, Martin, Ruskin, Heather J., Crane, Lawrence, & Hurley, Brian (2007) The effect of a meteorological tower on its top-mounted anemometer. Applied Energy, 84(4), pp. 413-424.

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The wind-speed at a site can be measured by installing anemometers on top of meteorological (met) towers. In addition to other sources of error, accelerated airflow, or speed-up, around the top of met towers can cause incorrect anemometer measurements. We consider a particular example where an anemometer was located only 2 tower diameters above the met tower. Using a standard computational fluid-dynamics package, we found the maximum error for this configuration to be 2% of the wind-speed. We conclude that a top-mounted anemometer should be located at the windward side of its met tower, raised 5 diameters above the top. This will reduce speed-up error to less than 1%.

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ID Code: 82660
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2006.09.002
ISSN: 0306-2619
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Applied Energy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Applied Energy, [VOL 84, ISSUE 4, (2007)] DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2006.09.002
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2015 23:23
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2015 02:29

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