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Important: In physics the answer cannot be more accurate than the data that the calculation is based on. This is called significant figures or significant digits. Therefore, for handheld calculations, calculators, computers, and spreadsheets do not provide all the available numbers in the answer. Round off all answers to the correct significant digits.

1. Power in the wind increases with the cube of the wind speed. Power across a rotor increases by the square of the radius. Notice in the table that the numbers are rounded off. Also note that for the power in the wind across that swept area, the wind turbine cannot capture all that power. The power becomes quite large at high wind speeds and you must have a way to dump or not capture all the power available. Notice that the left two columns are the same as Table 3.3.

Diameter, m

5

10

50

100

Area, m2

20

79

1,963

7,854

Wind Speed, m/s

P/A, kW/m2

Power,

kW

5

0.1

1.3

5

123

491

15

1.7

34

133

3,312

13,254

25

7.8

156

617

15,334

61,359

2. P/A = 1 kW/m2. From Table 3.3 it is between 10 and 15 m/s. Use air density = 1 kg/m3. From Equation 3.1, v3 = 2,000, or v = 13 m/s.

3. Use Equation 3.7, H0 = 10 m; calculate for H = 20 m and H = 50 m. Exponential = 1/7 = 0.14. Factor for increase in wind speed is v10y

4. Use Equation 3.7. Similar to problem 3.

5. Use Equation 3.7. Similar to problem 3.

6. Use Equation 3.8, z0 = 1 m. Could have chosen z0 from 0.5 to 1 m.

ln ln

ln

<

' H ^

ln

( 10

0

v Z0 ,

11

7. p = 1.226 - (1.194 x 10-4) z, where z = 3,000 m p = 1.226 - (1.194 x 10-4) 3,000 = 1.226 - .3582 = 0.8678 kg/m3 % decrease = 0.3582/1.226 = 29%

Power/area will be 29% less due to change in density with elevation (due to pressure change).

8. Temp. summer = 100°F = 311K, temp. winter = -20°F = 244K % change = (311 - 244)/311 = 22%

On a hot day in the summer the power/area will be 22% less than on a cold day in the winter due to difference in density (due to temperature change).

9. Use Equation 3.17 and spreadsheet.

Wind Speed m/s

Frequency %

Histogram h

0.5

1.22

107

1.5

3.58

314

2.5

5.68

498

3.5

7.39

647

4.5

8.61

755

5.5

9.31

816

6.5

9.5

832

7.5

9.23

809

8.5

8.6

753

9.5

7.7

675

10.5

6.66

583

11.5

5.57

488

12.5

4.51

395

13.5

3.54

310

14.5

2.7

236

15.5

1.99

175

16.5

1.43

126

17.5

1

88

18.5

0

60

19.5

0

39

20.5

0

25

21.5

0

16

22.5

0

10

23.5

0

6

24.5

0

3

25.5

0

2

26.5

0

1

27.5

0

1

28.5

0

0

29.5

0

0

10. Use Equation 3.18 and spreadsheet.

Wind Speed m/s

Frequency %

Histogram h

0.5

0.03

265

1.5

0.06

544

2.5

0.08

718

3.5

0.09

817

4.5

0.09

854

5.5

0.08

844

6.5

0.07

797

7.5

0.06

726

8.5

0.05

641

9.5

0.04

550

10.5

0.03

460

11.5

0.02

376

12.5

0.01

300

13.5

0.01

(Continued)

Wind Speed m/s Frequency % Histogram h

14.5

0.01

181

15.5

0.01

136

16.5

0

101

17.5

0

73

18.5

0

52

19.5

0

37

20.5

0

25

21.5

0

17

22.5

0

12

23.5

0

8

24.5

0

5

25.5

0

3

26.5

0

2

27.5

0

1

28.5

0

1

29.5

0

0

30.5

0

0

31.5

0

0

11. Use Equation 3.18.

Wind Speed m/s

Frequency %

Histogram h

0.5

0.001

13

1.5

0.013

115

2.5

0.035

311

3.5

0.067

578

4.5

0.099

870

5.5

0.128

1,122

6.5

0.145

1,268

7.5

0.144

1,267

8.5

0.128

1,118

9.5

0.099

868

10.5

0.067

590

11.5

0.04

348

12.5

0.02

177

13.5

0.01

77

14.5

0

26

15.5

0

9

16.5

0

2

17.5

0

0

18.5

0

0

12. Around 85% of the time the wind is 5 m/s or larger.

13. Around 15% of the time the wind is 12 m/s or larger.

The solutions to problems 16-19 are included in the following table. Air density was set to 1 kg/m3.

Bin j

Speed m/s

No. Obs

Freq fj

fjVj

P/A fj vj

1

1

20

0.026

0.026

0

2

3

30

0.038

0.115

1

3

5

50

0.064

0.321

4

4

7

100

0.128

0.897

22

5

9

180

0.231

2.077

84

6

11

150

0.192

2.115

128

7

13

120

0.154

2.000

169

8

15

80

0.103

1.538

173

9

17

40

0.051

0.872

126

10

19

10

0.013

0.244

44

SUM

780

1.00

10.2

751

16. Frequencies are given for each bin.

17. For j = 5, - = 0.5 fv3 = 0.5 0 . 23 1 93 = 84 W/m2.

For j = 10, — = 0.5 fv3 = 0.5 0.0 1 3 1 93 = 44 W/m2.

18. Average wind speed is the sum of frequency * speed for each bin, v average

19. Wind power potential is sum of 0.5 frequency * speed cubed for each 751 W/m2.

20. P/A = 0.5 * 10.23 = 531 W/m2. Value is smaller than the answer to problem 19 wind power potential is not calculated from average wind speed.

21. Use Equation 3.17 and bin width of 2 m/s. V average = 10.2 m/s.

j

m/s

fj

0.5 *fjvj3

1

1

0.030

0

2

3

0.084

1

3

5

0.124

8

4

7

0.145

25

5

9

0.146

53

6

11

0.132

88

7

13

0.109

120

8

15

0.082

139

9

17

0.058

141

10

19

0.037

128

0.95

703

If a bin width of 1 m/s is used, sum of frequencies would be closer to 1.

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