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Sensors 2014, 14(11), 21418-21452; doi:10.3390/s141121418

The Cup Anemometer, a Fundamental Meteorological Instrument for the Wind Energy Industry. Research at the IDR/UPM Institute

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Instituto Universitario de Microgravedad "Ignacio Da Riva" (IDR/UPM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETSI Aeronáutica y del Espacio, Pza. Del Cardenal Cisneros 3, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Departamento de Infraestructura, Sistemas Aeroespaciales y Aeropuertos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETSI Aeronáutica y del Espacio, Pza. Del Cardenal Cisneros 3, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Received: 17 August 2014 / Revised: 15 October 2014 / Accepted: 30 October 2014 / Published: 12 November 2014
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Abstract

The results of several research campaigns investigating cup anemometer performance carried out since 2008 at the IDR/UPM Institute are included in the present paper. Several analysis of large series of calibrations were done by studying the effect of the rotor’s geometry, climatic conditions during calibration, and anemometers’ ageing. More specific testing campaigns were done regarding the cup anemometer rotor aerodynamics, and the anemometer signals. The effect of the rotor’s geometry on the cup anemometer transfer function has been investigated experimentally and analytically. The analysis of the anemometer’s output signal as a way of monitoring the anemometer status is revealed as a promising procedure for detecting anomalies. View Full-Text
Keywords: cup anemometer; AEP; rotor dynamics; calibration; anemometer performance; anomaly detection cup anemometer; AEP; rotor dynamics; calibration; anemometer performance; anomaly detection
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Pindado, S.; Cubas, J.; Sorribes-Palmer, F. The Cup Anemometer, a Fundamental Meteorological Instrument for the Wind Energy Industry. Research at the IDR/UPM Institute. Sensors 2014, 14, 21418-21452.

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