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COMWIND: Center for Computational Wind Turbine Aerodynamics and Atmospheric Turbulence

The project concerns the mutual interaction between wind turbine aerodynamics, turbine wakes, terrain affected flow and atmospheric turbulence, which is not accounted for in state of the art modelling. This will be achieved by combining and exploring the knowledge and methodologies of leading national and international research groups within the fields of aerodynamics, computational fluid mechanics, atmospheric physics and wind energy. 

The project is partitioned into five clearly defined tasks: Rotor aerodynamics, wakes and clusters, wind farms, siting in complex terrain and atmospheric boundary layers. In all of the tasks the focus is on creating the methodologies to handle the mutual interaction between the ambient turbulence and the wind turbine.

The physical outcome of the project is a set of reliable and verified simulation tools, capable of bridging the multi-scale flow phenomena connected with operating wind turbines in the atmospheric boundary layer, and the application of these in the further development of wind energy. The overall aim of the activity is to manifest Denmark as the world leading player within wind turbine aerodynamics and atmospheric turbulence, both with respect to research, technology and education.

Objective of the project

The objective of the project is to strengthen the coherence of Danish research in wind energy within the fields of wind turbine aerodynamics and atmospheric boundary layer turbulence. The aim of this collaborative research effort is to develop novel computational techniques that are capable of covering a large range of length scales from some few micrometers to several kilometres. The newly developed tools will provide fundamental insight into the interaction between atmospheric turbulence and wind turbine aerodynamics. This will lead the way to more efficient wind turbines and wind farms, optimized with respect to location and wind resources. Ultimately, the new knowledge generated within the center will provide the foundation for increasing the production of wind energy world wide.

The objective of the project is to develop computational methodologies and physical models capable of coping with multiple scales and apply them to combined wind turbine aerodynamics and atmospheric physics problems.









Jens Nørkær Sørensen
DTU Wind Energy
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