Energy

Advanced simulation and visualization technologies can be brought to bear on the problems associated with developing and implementing of innovative renewable energy solutions.

Projects:

The computational geometry of the boiler.

CITGO Carbon Monoxide Boiler

Carbon monoxide (CO) boilers play an important role in the petroleum refining industry, which combust the flue gas with a certain amount of CO generated in the catalyst regeneration process. The combustion process and heat transfer in the CO boiler would have great effect on the thermal efficiency and operation safety. ...

Helical twisted Eddy GT specification and 3D model

Numerical Simulation of VAWT

The growing global economy requires more, cheaper, and cleaner energy and limited fossil-fuels can’t supply all of this alone. Small scales Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT) are commercially available and easier to maintain for residential or commercial application. For urban areas (on shore or off shore) VAWT siting for small scale or for mega scale ...

CFD Simulation Results

Power Plant Components

NIPSCO Bailly Generating Station had a problem with a coal fired boiler. After completing the installation of pollution control equipment, the exhaust air ducts, through which exhaust gas from coal combustion is discharged to pollution control units, were operating at just 85 to 90 percent of maximum capacity. The reduced operating capacity ...

NH3 formation at the top and at the spray nozzles.

Urea Decomposition Chamber

The Decomposition Chamber inspections indicate significant debris formation in the chamber. The presence of white debris coating the inner liner walls, floor, lances, and the burner swirler indicate that the urea to ammonia conversion initiated, but was unable to complete due to internal temperature gradients below the expected 550 °F. One major point of concern ...

3D views of the circulating inlet system

Water 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 ...

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Wind Energy

The issue of transferring learned concepts to practical applications is a widespread problem in postsecondary education. Related to this issue is a critical demand to educate and train a generation of professionals for the wind energy industry. With initiatives such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s “20% Wind Energy by 2030” outlining an exponential increase ...

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Wind Flow Simulations

Wind energy, as one of the cleanest renewable energy, is becoming increasingly important. Both the installed wind power and the generated energy are increasing by 30% per year world-wide. Economical performance of a wind turbine is determined by the efficiency of the blade. If the airflow over wind turbine blades could be controlled fully, the ...

DAQ System Panels below Wind Turbine in SUL

Wind Turbine and Data Acquisition System

The burning of fossil fuels to produce energy is costly and has detrimental effects on the environment. Wind Energy has become one the fastest growing alternative energies in the United States. It provides a source of clean energy for not only commercial use, but also for urban areas. The Majority of electricity produced from wind ...

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

Wind Turbine Simulators – MARWind

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 ...

Wind Turbine Component

Wind Turbine Simulators – Tutorial Software

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 ...

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

Wind Turbine Simulators – Wind Turbine Design

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 ...

Horizontal axis wind turbine model with streamlines

Wind Turbines

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, ...