Wind energy resources

The following are some of the projects that we can offer:

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Numerical evaluation of wind around buildings using large eddy simulation

Supervisor: Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Professor Lin Ma, Professor Derek Ingham

Computational Wind Engineering has been developed rapidly over the last decades. Among the numerical techniques, Large Eddy Simulation (LES) is capable of simulating complex unsteady turbulent flows, which is very useful for applications such as wind-induced noise/vibrations around buildings and structures. LES is among the top-notch and the most challenging CFD techniques. This project has two major parts.
1) Large eddy simulation using different subgrid-scale models.
2) Hybrid LES implementation which is the combination of LES techniques with RANS (Reynolds Averages Navier-Stokes). This part is of special importance due to the fact that LES techniques are computationally very expensive so a precise combination of these techniques with RANS can save a remarkable time.
The work includes CFD simulation using ANSYS/FLUENT software.

For further information please contact Professor Derek B Ingham

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CFD Study of Wind Turbine Aerodynamics

Supervisor: Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Professor Lin Ma, Professor Derek Ingham

Performance of wind turbine depends on how the surrounding conditions are taken into account at the point of design. Design parameters are required to be investigated and established in a feasible manner in order to make sure that the design is reliable and at the same time cost-effective. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) method seems the most practical approach in order to recognise an appropriate design.

During the course of this project CFD methods are employed for the aerodynamic simulations of wind turbine aerofoil with respect to different (turbulence) flow conditions similar to what occurs in urban and rural environments. The finding of this project would contribute not only to the cutting-edge design technology of wind turbine but also can be used for aerospace, Micro Air Vehicle (MAV), tidal turbine and gas turbine applications.

This project is entirely computational and involves the use of commercial CFD packages (ICEM and Fluent) and MATLAB programming.

For further information please contact Professor Derek B Ingham

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Modeling Blade Aerodynamics Involving Fluid-Structure Interactions

Supervisor: Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Professor Lin Ma, Professor Derek Ingham

Wind turbine is the main technology that converts wind energy to electricity. The interaction between air flow and the turbine blade are critical to the structure integrity and noise generation of the turbine. The proposed research will focus on modeling and optimization of aerodynamic flow over a turbine blade in order to decrease the drag, and control noise generation and flow separation. Advanced computational fluid dynamics and structure analysis software will be employed with supplementary experimental investigations. The investigation will improve our knowledge of flow – structure interactions over wind turbine blade and develop a prediction tool for next generation high efficiency blade design and optimization.

For further information please contact Professor Derek B Ingham

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