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Research

Research Thrust Areas

The center's research projects are determined at the semi-annual center meeting of the industrial advisory board (IAB). The research thrusts are in any or all of the following six areas.  Composites and Blade Manufacturing  next generation materials, designs, and methods for turbine systems Foundations and Towers  higher towers, modeling and cost optimization, improved ground/soil assessment Structural Health Monitoring, Non-Destructive Inspection, & Testing  testing, monitoring, damage detection and prognosis, and maintenance throughout the lifecycle  Wind Farm Modeling and Measurement Campaign  simulation capability for power production, power fluctuations, and loads; LiDAR experimental campaigns for wind farm performance diagnostic and model validation; wind resource characterization Control Systems for Turbines and Farms  optimization of energy capture and load mitigation in wind turbines and farms; wind farm controls for wake management  Energy Storage and Grid Integration  storage systems towards more reliable, efficient, dispatchable and grid-friendly wind energy systems

The center's research projects are determined at the semi-annual center meeting of the industrial advisory board (IAB). The research thrusts are in any or all of the following six areas.

  1. Composites and Blade Manufacturing
    next generation materials, designs, and methods for turbine systems
  2. Foundations and Towers
    higher towers, modeling and cost optimization, improved ground/soil assessment
  3. Structural Health Monitoring, Non-Destructive Inspection, & Testing
    testing, monitoring, damage detection and prognosis, and maintenance throughout the lifecycle
  4. Wind Farm Modeling and Measurement Campaign
    simulation capability for power production, power fluctuations, and loads; LiDAR experimental campaigns for wind farm performance diagnostic and model validation; wind resource characterization
  5. Control Systems for Turbines and Farms
    optimization of energy capture and load mitigation in wind turbines and farms; wind farm controls for wake management
  6. Energy Storage and Grid Integration
    storage systems towards more reliable, efficient, dispatchable and grid-friendly wind energy systems