SINTEF Industry is working on aerodynamic simulations using both complex Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and simplified engineering models. CFD is time consuming, but allow for accurate analysis, while the engineering models may run in real-time allowing their use in windfarm and wind turbine control systems. SINTEF Industry is involved in projects addressing several of the above issues:
- Development of engineering models including wake-wake interactions.
- Real-time/quasi-real time suitable for use in windfarm control systems, capturing ocean wave and/or terrain effects on wind, wakes, and turbulence, in addition to interaction between turbines.
- Complex models including Mesoscale wind modeling, turbine micro-siting, wake-wake interaction, wind-wave interaction, and wind farm optimization.
- Model development within the OpenFOAM CFD architecture with preprocessing based on Google Earth.