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Research

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

Current Projects

Failure Prevention via Self-healing Materials (A3-14)
PI: Christopher Hansen (UMass Lowell)
IAB Mentor: Hui Zhou (Huntsman)

Low-Cost Wind Turbine Blade Structural Health Monitoring (B1-15)
PI: Murat Inalpolat (UMass Lowell) 
IAB Mentors: Adan Johs (EDP Renewables) & Dushyant Tank (Pattern Energy)

Automation for Blade Manufacturing (A3-16)
PI: James Sherwood (UMass Lowell)
IAB Mentors: Stephen Nolet (TPI Composites) & Nicholas Althoff (GE Renewable Energy)

Effects of Manufacturing Induced Defects (A4-16)
PI: James Sherwood (UMass Lowell)
IAB Mentors: Stephen Nolet (TPI Composites) & Nicholas Althoff (GE Renewable Energy)

Mechanical Property Enhancement Prediction for Matrix Materials (A5-16)
PI: Alireza Amhirkizi (UMass Lowell)
IAB Mentors: Hui Zhou (Huntsman) & Stephen Nolet (TPI Composites)

Diagnosis of Electrical Faults of Wind Turbine DFIGs (B1-16)
PIs: Siavash Pakdelian (UMass Lowell) & Babak Fahimi (UT Dallas)
IAB Mentors: Veronica Hernandez (Bachmann Electronic Corp) & Paul Haberlein (Pattern Energy)

Proactive Detection of Under-performing Wind Turbines Combining Numerical Models, Wind LiDAR and SCADA data (C1-16)
PI: Valerio Iungo (UT Dallas)
IAB Mentors: Patrick Pyle (Pattern), Neha Marathe (EDP Renewables) & Hector Figueroa (Leeward)

Evaluation of Nested Extremum Seeking Wind Farm Control with SWiFT Facility (D1-16)
PI: Yaoyu Li (UT Dallas)
IAB Mentors: Veronica Hernandez (Bachmann Electronic Corp) & Ron Grife (Leeward Energy)

Performance Effects of Adhesive Bond Defects (A6-16)
PI: Scott Stapleton (UMass Lowell)
IAB Mentors: Nathan Bruno (Hexion), Stephen Nolet (TPI Composites) & Nicholas Althoff (GE Renewable Energy)

Completed Projects

Design for Composite Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing (A1-14)
PI: James Sherwood (UMass Lowell)
IAB Mentor: Stephen Nolet (TPI Composites)

Large Area Turbine Blade Inspection (D1-14)
PI: Christopher Niezrecki (UMass Lowell)
IAB Mentor: Rahul Yarala (Massachusetts Clean Energy Center)

Extremum Seeking Control for Wind Turbine Power Maximization (E2-14)
PI: Yaoyu Li (UT Dallas)
IAB Mentor: Paul Haberlein (Pattern Energy)

Two-layer Optimization for Maximizing Wind Farm Power Output (E3-14)
PIs: Mario Rotea (UT Dallas) & David Willis (UMass Lowell)
IAB Mentor: Jaimeet Gulati (EDP Renewables)