GEMINI: High Fidelity Modeling for Small Wind Turbine

Presentation of the problem and objective of the experiment

The improvement in the performance characteristics of wind turbines is a challenging task, and the need for optimum designs is significantly growing. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) turns out to be a unique tool enabling the optimization of wind turbines during a detailed analysis of the rotors’ blades shape and the tower design aiming to improve the overall efficiency of the structure. The consortium will utilize High Fidelity numerical models in order to assess and accurately simulate the aerodynamic performance of small wind turbines under various operational scenarios. 

Short description of the experiment

In the frame of the Fortissimo call, FEAC will take advantage of the High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure with the purpose to predict the aerodynamic performance of the wind turbines and provide accurate results in a reduced time. Based on EUNICE’s needs, the development of an accurate numerical model aims at the optimization of the wind turbine’s operational performance and the reduction of the periodic pressure including noise emitted by the blade-tower interaction. As a result, high fidelity simulations will provide a better understanding of the dynamic loads resulting in a manufacturing cost reduction and an energy performance increase of the final product.

Organisations involved: 
Technology expert: FEAC Engineering P.C.
End User: EUNICE Wind S.A.