July 2010

Professor Fotis Sotiropoulos, MSI Fellow and Director of St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, uses MSI's supercomputers to perform numerical simulations of wind and hydrokinetic turbine flows. These models show the interaction of the wind between turbines and the ground and between two or more turbines. The image above shows results from one of the models: it shows simulations of air currents in the wake of a two-blade wind turbine rotor. This research will directly affect the way that wind farms are designed.