Wind turbines are machines driven by aerodynamics. Their loads, performance, and also the majority of the noise they produce depend directly on the aerodynamics of the rotor blades themselves. Developments which improve the aerodynamics of wind turbines are therefore an ongoing requirement, and we utilize Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to bring about these improvements.
At Fraunhofer IWES, one of our main focuses is on the enhancement of numerical methods for better prediction of wind turbine aerodynamics and, to this end, we employ the open-source CFD code OpenFOAM. We work intensively in the following fields, where we can offer you detailed investigations and solutions to your specific problems.