Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of Wind Turbines at Full Scale

Professor Yuri Bazilevs

A fully coupled fluid–structure interaction (FSI) simulation methodology for wind turbines was developed in order to address a variety of engineering questions related to their aerodynamic and structural performance. Our FSI modeling takes place in 3D and at full scale, using novel finite-element-based methods for aerodynamics, and state-of-the-art isogeometric methods for blade structures. This one-of-a-kind FSI modeling methodology for wind turbines was extensively validated against experiments. The modeling ideas and simulation results are illustrated in the figures below.