Wind Turbines

Horizontal axis wind turbine model with streamlines

Wind turbines are a growing source of renewable energy generation. Typically, they are installed in large groups, called wind farms, and connected to the electrical distribution grid. In order to maximize the power output of these turbines, the aerodynamic forces that operate on the rotor blades must be examined. In this project, a large scale Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) modeled loosely after the GE 1.5 MW wind turbine is examined. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations are performed on the turbine in both single and wind farm arrangements to determine various aerodynamic flow characteristics of the turbine.

Wind Turbine Simulators – Wind Turbine Design

Study of twist angle along the length of the blade and velocity contours at different angles of attack.

A wind turbine is a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical energy. Understanding the wind turbine organization and the energy transformation has long been challenging for many engineering students. As a new approach in teaching wind energy, an interactive computer program was developed to provide students with hands-on experience in visualizing and manipulating wind turbine.

Wind Turbine Simulators – Tutorial Software

Wind Turbine Component

A wind turbine is a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical energy. Understanding the wind turbine organization and the energy transformation has long been challenging for many engineering students. As a new approach in teaching wind energy, an interactive computer program was developed to provide students with hands-on experience in visualizing and manipulating wind turbine.

Wind Turbine Simulators – MARWind

MARWind shows viewers what proposed wind turbines will look like at a given location

Location and placement of wind turbines can have a significant effect on their energy output and maintenance needs. However, the siting process includes many additional variables such as the visual impact of on the local environment. Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that allows simulation data and 3D models to be overlaid on top video of a real environment in real-time. By applying AR to the issue of wind turbine siting, students and the public alike can gain a better understanding of location on wind turbine performance and visual impacts.

Water Inlet System

3D views of the circulating inlet system

NIPSCO’s Bailly Generating Station draws water from Lake Michigan to be used as a coolant. However, sand from the lake is also brought into the water inlet system. This sand must be cleaned out periodically to prevent buildup and damage to equipment. NIPSCO would like to have a study performed to evaluate its Bailly Generating Station’s water inlet system for sand accumulation problem.