Development of data to support a software application for assessment of wind conditions in the Port of Rotterdam

W.D. Janssen, B.J.E. Blocken, H.J. van Wijhe

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Abstract

Information on wind conditions in harbors and wind loads on ships is important for safe maneuvering and mooring of ships. The wind conditions in harbors are very complex and characterized by a multitude of internal atmospheric boundary layers due to the large variations in terrain roughness. This paper presents the development of data to support a software application for assessment of wind conditions in the Port of Rotterdam. An extensive measurement campaign using ultrasonic anemometers was performed in the harbor during a period of 6 months. These measurements were compared with the numerical simulations with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) on a high-resolution grid. This comparison showed a good agreement for such a complex heterogeneous terrain. 89% of the simulated amplification factors (¿=Ump/Ump1) were within the range of the mean measured amplification factors ± two times the standard deviation. These data will be used in the near future to support a software application for the harbor authorities and tugboat pilots to allow improved safety, maneuverability and mooring of container ships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, 15-19 June 2014, San Diego, California
EditorsD.P. Ames, N.W.T. Quinn, A.E. Rizzoli
Pages1-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs), June 15-19, 2014, San Diego, California, USA - San Diego, United States
Duration: 15 Jun 201419 Jun 2014
Conference number: 7
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Conference7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs), June 15-19, 2014, San Diego, California, USA
Abbreviated titleiEMSs
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period15/06/1419/06/14
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    Janssen, W. D., Blocken, B. J. E., & Wijhe, H. J. V. (2014). Development of data to support a software application for assessment of wind conditions in the Port of Rotterdam. In D. P. Ames, N. W. T. Quinn, & A. E. Rizzoli (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, 15-19 June 2014, San Diego, California (pp. 1-8)