Seminar on offshore wind energy engineering

Professor Eric Paterson and Dr. Line Gulstad will give an open lecture on wind energy engineering on Tuesday 18 November.

The two external examiners for Siri M Kalvigs’s PhD defence have agreed to give a seminar on their current work in the wind energy area.

Professor Eric Paterson, Virginia Tech, USA will give an open talk entitled: "The Challenges of Developing a Cyber Wind Facility for Analysis of Offshore Wind Turbines".

About the lecture:
Over the past 3 years, a team of researchers at The Pennsylvania State University and Virginia Tech have worked, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, on the development of an OpenFOAM-based Cyber Wind Facility. The goal has been to develop a selectable-fidelity simulation suite that captures all important phenomena which drive unsteady loads through the shaft and drive train.

This includes LES of atmospheric turbulence, unsteady blade aerodynamics and structural response, and platform hydrodynamics and motions. There have been successes and challenges along the way, and this talk will present a brief overview of our progress.

Dr. Line Gulstad, Vestas Technology Service & Solutions, Denmark will then give the talk: "The Influence of Atmospheric Stability on Business Case Certainty".

About the lecture:
Assessment of atmospheric stability and the impact on AEPThe effect of atmospheric stability on wake loss estimations Bringing scientific understanding into business value Specific case studies from operating wind farms.

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