IEC extreme events

The extreme wind events used in the Design Load Cases suggested by IEC-61400-1 (2019)  (see DLC - Design Load Case) are available in Ashes in the IEC extreme wind part. This section summarizes the equations used to model these extreme events.

1 General

Two parameters are used in several extreme wind models:
  • The longitudinal turbulence scale parameter 
    , in meters, is defined as 
    $$\Lambda_1=\left\{\begin{array}{ll}0.7z&\text{for  }z\leq 60 \text{ m}\\ 42&\text{for  }z>60 \text{ m}\end{array}\right.$$
    Equation 1: longitudinal scale parameter

  • The representative value of the turbulence standard deviation
    , in
    , is defined as
    $$\sigma_1 = I_{ref}(0.75V_{hub}+5.6)$$
    Equation 2Turbulence standard deviation
    is a reference value of the turbulence intensity. Note that this value depends on the turbulence category. 
  • Currently, this value is hardcoded to 0.16, corresponding to a turbulence category A

In addition, the extreme wind speed with return periods of 50 and 1 year, respectively 
are defined as
$$V_{e50}(z)=1.4\cdot V_{ref}\left(\frac{z}{z_{hub}}\right)^{0.11}$$

$$V_{e1}(z)=0.8\cdot V_{e50}(z)$$
Equation 3Extreme wind speeds for steady extreme wind models
  • $$V_{ref}$$
     is the reference wind speed, input by the user
  • $$z_{hub}$$
    is the hub height

2 Extreme coherent gust with direction change (ECD)

3 Extreme direction change (EDC)

For this extreme wind, the wind magnitude does not change but the wind angle
will vary from its initial value 
(defined by the user) to 
, with

Note: the extreme direction change depends on the wind velocity

The variation of the wind angle is then given by

$$\theta(t)=\large{\left\{\begin{array}{ll}\theta_0&\text{for  }0\leq t< T_{start}\\ \theta_0+0.5\cdot\theta_e\left(1-\cos{(\pi\cdot t/T)}\right)&\text{for  }T_{start}\leq t\leq T_{start} + T\\ \theta_e&\text{for }t>T_{start}+T\end{array}\right.}$$

  • $$T_{start}$$
    the start of the extreme wind event
  • $$T$$
    the duration of the event, given in IEC-61400-1 (2019) as 
    $$T = 6\text{ s}$$
The figure below illustrates the Extreme Direction Change for 
$$T_{start} = 10\text{ s}$$
$$V_{hub} = 10\text{ m}\cdot\text{s}^{-1}$$

4 Extreme operating gust (EOG)

Often referred to as Mexican hat. For this model, we define the gust magnitude at hub height 

  • $$V_{e1}$$
     are defined in section 1
  • $$V_{hub}$$
    is the average wind speed at the hub height, correponding to the Initial wind speed parameter in Ashes
  • $$D$$
    is the projected diameter of the rotor
The wind speed at height 
 is then defined by 
$$V(t,y,z)=\large{\left\{\begin{array}{ll}V_{hub}\left(\frac{z}{z_{hub}}\right)^\alpha - 0.37V_{gust}\sin\left(3\pi t/T\right)\left(1-\cos\left(2\pi t/T\right)\right)&\text{for  }0\leq t\leq T\\ V_{hub}\left(\frac{z}{z_{hub}}\right)^\alpha&\text{for  }t>T\end{array}\right.}$$


5 Extreme wind model (EWM)

The Extreme wind model can be chosen to be Steady or Turbulent. The EWM uses a reference wind speed 
as an input. This parameter is defined by the wind turbine class. 

5.1 Steady EWM

For the steady exreme wind model, the 50-year return period extreme wind is computed as 

The 1-year return period extreme wind is computed as 

5.2 Turbulent EWM

For the turbulent extreme wind model, the 50-year return period 10-minute average wind speed is computed as
$$V_{e50} = V_{ref}\left(\frac{z}{z_{hub}}\right)$$

The 1-year return period 10-minute average wind speed is computed as

The longitudinal turbulence standard deviation is given as
$$\sigma_1 = 0.11V_{hub}$$

Note: only the Steady EWM is is implemented in the IEC extreme wind part. However, the Turbulent EWM can easily be modeled using the Turbulent Wind Creator or with the Batch manager.

6 Extreme wind shear (EWS)

The extreme wind shear can be applied horizontally (EWSV) or vertically (EWSH). This is done by adding a wind speed transient to the wind distribution calculated with the Wind profile power law
The vertical extreme wind shear is defined by

$$V(t,z)=\large{\left\{\begin{array}{ll}V_{hub}\left(\frac{z}{z_{hub}}\right)^{\alpha}\pm \left(\frac{z-z_{hub}}{D}\right)\left[2.5+0.2\beta\sigma_1\left(\frac{D}{\Lambda_1}\right)^{0.25}\right]\left(1-cos(2\pi t/T)\right)&\text{for  }0\leq t\leq T\\ V_{hub}\left(\frac{z}{z_{hub}}\right)^\alpha&\text{for  }t>T\end{array}\right.}$$

and the horizontal extreme wind shear is defined by

$$V(t,y,z)=\large{\left\{\begin{array}{ll}V_{hub}\left(\frac{z}{z_{hub}}\right)^\alpha \pm \left(\frac{y}{D}\right)\left[2.5+0.2\beta\sigma_1\left(\frac{D}{\Lambda_1}\right)^{0.25}\right]\left(1-cos(2\pi t/T)\right)&\text{for  }0\leq t\leq T\\ V_{hub}\left(\frac{z}{z_{hub}}\right)^\alpha&\text{for  }t>T\end{array}\right.}$$

  • $$\alpha = 0.2$$
    the power law exponent (as defined in Wind profile power law)
  • $$\beta = 6.4$$

  • $$T = 12$$
    s the time during which the extreme shear is applied
  • $$\Lambda_1$$
    the turbulence scale parameter, as defined in Equation 1
  • $$\sigma_1$$
    the turbulence standard deviation, as defined in Equation 2
  • $$D$$
    is the projected rotor diameter
Ashes offers the possibilty to start the extreme event after a given time, defined by the Start of extreme wind event parameter in the IEC extreme wind part, noted
. In this case, the temporal coordinate 
 will be replaced by
The sign of the wind speed transient (the
sign in the equations above), for both vertical and horizontal shear, is set by the user with the Sign parameter in the IEC extreme wind part