TR2019-130

Improving LiDAR performance on a complex terrain using CFD-based correction and direct-adjoint-loop optimization


    •  Nabi, S., Grover, P., "Improving LiDAR performance on a complex terrain using CFD-based correction and direct-adjoint-loop optimization", NAWEA/WindTech Conference, October 2019.
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      • @inproceedings{Nabi2019oct,
      • author = {Nabi, Saleh and Grover, Piyush},
      • title = {Improving LiDAR performance on a complex terrain using CFD-based correction and direct-adjoint-loop optimization},
      • booktitle = {NAWEA/WindTech Conference},
      • year = 2019,
      • month = oct,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2019-130}
      • }
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Naive estimation of horizontal wind velocity over complex terrain using measurements from a single wind-LiDAR introduces a bias due to the assumption of uniform velocity in any horizontal plane. While Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)-based methods have been proposed for bias removal, there exist several issues in the implementation. For instance, the upstream atmospheric boundary layer thickness or direction are unknown. Conventional CFD-based corrections use trial and error to estimate the bias. Such approaches not only become numerically intractable for complicated flows, e.g. when the number of unknowns is large, but they also suffer from the fact that there is no guarantee for optimally of the obtained results. We propose a direct-adjoint-loop (DAL) optimization based framework to estimate such unknown parameters in a systematic way. For the validation of the method, we performed an experimental study using DIABREZZA LiDAR on a complex terrain for two wind directions of northwesterly (NW) and southeasterly (SE). The slope error improved from -0.09 to -0.02 for SE and from -0.09 to +0.04 for NW.