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Energies 2012, 5(3), 683-701; doi:10.3390/en5030683

Deviation of Cup and Propeller Anemometer Calibration Results with Air Density

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ETSI Aeronáuticos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Polytechnic University of Madrid), Pza. Del Cardenal Cisneros 3, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels), Triomflaan 43, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
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Received: 15 February 2012 / Revised: 27 February 2012 / Accepted: 6 March 2012 / Published: 9 March 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wind Turbines)
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The effect of air density variations on the calibration constants of several models of anemometers has been analyzed. The analysis was based on a series of calibrations between March 2003 and February 2011. Results indicate a linear behavior of both calibration constants with the air density. The effect of changes in air density on the measured wind speed by an anemometer was also studied. The results suggest that there can be an important deviation of the measured wind speed with changes in air density from the one at which the anemometer was calibrated, and therefore the need to take this effect into account when calculating wind power estimations. View Full-Text
Keywords: anemometer calibration; cup anemometer; propeller anemometer; annual energy production (AEP); Annual Energy Production; environmental conditions; ambient conditions anemometer calibration; cup anemometer; propeller anemometer; annual energy production (AEP); Annual Energy Production; environmental conditions; ambient conditions
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Pindado, S.; Sanz, A.; Wery, A. Deviation of Cup and Propeller Anemometer Calibration Results with Air Density. Energies 2012, 5, 683-701.

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