Summer Research Internship
Project 23: Numerical Simulations of the Unsteady Aerodynamics of Offshore Floating Vertical Axis Wind Turbines
Release time:2017-10-12 Read the number:5903

Contact Information

Prof. Dai Zhou



Project Description and Objectives

With the increasing depletion of land resources, offshore wind turbines will be the main driver of wind energy technology in the future. Meanwhile, wind turbines installed in the sea can achieve the wind energy which has a larger velocity and a weaker turbulence. Compared with the horizontal axis wind turbines, offshore floating vertical axis wind turbines (OF-VAWTs) are attracting a growing amount of attention due to the several advantages.

When OF-VAWTs face the ocean waves and wind loads under normal operation conditions, they have six-degrees of freedom (6-DOF) movement. Each of the 6-DOF movements will influence the aerodynamic performance of the OF-VAWTs in turn.

The purpose of this project is to investigate the changing rule of the aerodynamic performance of an OF-VAWT under normal operation conditions by numerical simulation method.


Eligibility Requirements

Interested students should have basic knowledge of numerical simulation or engineering mechanics.

Majors in civil engineering or ocean engineering are preferred.


Main Tasks

Finish a research report.

Give two research presentations (a. references review; b. technical presentation).

Submit one paper to a journal as a co-author.



Lab: N/A


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