ACUSIM Energy Day

By: Shing Pan
Publication Date: 23 Sep 2008

Offshore Oil Platform & Wind Turbine Simulation

ACUSIM Software in conjunction with its partners/sponsors, Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation and Microsoft, cordially invite you to a free conference on CFD and high performance computing and visualization related to Offshore Oil Platform and Wind Turbine Design.

Overview

Wind turbine engineers and designers continuously strive to deliver designs that are more efficient, reliable, safer, and cheaper. Meanwhile, in the offshore oil industry, in order to remain competitive, offshore industry leaders continually look for better solutions to engineering problems. During this one-day event, our speakers and presenters will share some of the key initiatives taking place in the Offshore Oil and Wind Energy industries, and how CFD is currently being used in offshore and deepwater applications, and for wind turbine design, simulation and micro-siting. Advanced CFD technology and solutions will also be presented along with validations and real customer examples.



Agenda

7:45 am – 8:45 am Registration and Breakfast
8:45 am – 9:00 am Opening Remarks and Welcome
Farzin Shakib, President of ACUSIM Software
Craig Hodges, Director of Oil and Gas, Microsoft
Jim Jeans, Manager of HPC Business Development, Hewlett-Packard
Offshore Oil
9:00 am – 9:30 am Keynote: The Deepwater Petroleum Development Challenge and a Potential Solution
Dr. Lyle Finn, Chief Technology Officer, Horton Deepwater Development System
9:30 am – 10:05 am Advancing CFD Applications in the Offshore Oil Sector
Dr. Owen H. Oakley, Chevron Energy Technology Company
10:05 am – 10:20 am Coffee Break
10:20 am – 10:55 am CFD Applications for the Offshore Industry
Dr. Samuel Holmes, President, Red Wing Engineering, Inc.
10:55 am – 11:35 am Next Generation CFD Technology for the Offshore Industry
Dr. Farzin Shakib, Founder and President, ACUSIM Software, Inc.
11:35 am – 12:45 pm Lunch/Demo by SIMULIA, ACUSIM, CEI
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Afternoon Registration
Wind Energy
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Keynote: Lone Star Wind Alliance – a Texas Cluster Initiative for Economic Development of Wind Energy – and the Key Role that Advanced Technology Plays in it
Dr. Donald Birx, Vice Chancellor & Vice President, Division of Research, General Manager, the Lone Star Wind Alliance, University of Houston System
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Use of CFD in Wind Turbine Design and Site Selection
Dr. Earl P.N. Duque, Manager of the Applied Research Group, Intelligent Light & Associate Research Professor, Northern Arizona University
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Coffee Break
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Next Generation CFD Technology for Wind Turbine Simulation
Dr. Farzin Shakib, Founder and President, ACUSIM Software, Inc.
3:45 pm – 5:15 pm Demo by SIMULIA, ACUSIM, Intelligent Light



When

  • Thursday, November 6, 2008
  • 7:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Where

  • Microsoft Houston Office
    One Briar Lake Plaza
    2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. #350
    Houston, TX 77042
    (Microsoft building is on the west side of the Sam Houston Toll Way, just south of Briar Forest. For more information on directions, please call 832-252-4300)
  • Parking
    Please park at the visitor parking lot.
    Bring your parking ticket to the event so we can stamp it to wave the parking fee.

Who Should Attend

Morning: Offshore CAE/CFD/Simulation Engineers, Designers, Researchers, IT/HPC Managers, Offshore Exploration Engineering Managers and Business Executives
Afternoon: Wind Turbine CAE/CFD/Simulation Engineers, Designers, Researchers, Siting Engineers, IT/HPC Managers, Alternative Energy/Wind Energy Engineering Managers and Business Executives

You may register for ONE or BOTH sessions.

Presentation Abstracts & Speaker Bios

The Deepwater Petroleum Development Challenge and a Potential Solution
Dr. Lyle Finn, Chief Technology Officer, Horton Deepwater Development System

Abstract
The challenge in developing any offshore petroleum reservoir is to decide how best to produce the field. In deepwater, the challenge is greater because the development systems are more complicated and expensive. In addition, many times the deepwater reservoirs lie beneath a thick mantel of salt resulting in poor seismic images. As a result there is a greater uncertainty regarding the quantity of oil in the reservoir and how to best extract it.

Dr. Finn will discuss the challenge of extracting hydrocarbon from deepwater reservoirs by starting with an overview of the systems that are presently being used to develop offshore fields. The difficulties and short comings of these existing systems will be presented. Finally, the key features of some new systems that are being developed to overcome the short comings will be presented.

Bio
Dr. Lyle Finn is Chief Technology Officer for Horton Deepwater Development System in Houston, Texas. He is leading a team in the development of the technology for a new deepwater petroleum development system that has the potential to change the present paradigm for developing deepwater reservoirs. Previously he worked for 7 years as Manager of the R&D Department within the Floaters Technology Group of Technip and for 4 years as Engineering Manager for Deep Oil Technology, contributing to the development of the Truss Spar and numerous riser analysis capabilities. Prior to that, he worked 28 years for Exxon Production Research Company playing a major role in the development of the Guyed Tower and other compliant tower concepts. He has been involved in developing leading edge offshore technology for many years and has written many first of a kind computer programs to facilitate using the new technology. He has written numerous technical papers and has obtained 20 some offshore-related patents. Many of these patent ideas have been put into practice. Mr. Finn holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Advancing CFD Applications in the Offshore Oil Sector
Dr. Owen H. Oakley, Chevron Energy Technology Company

Abstract
This presentation will address some of the activities Chevron has undertaken to advance the use of computational fluid dynamics for offshore applications, specifically for deepwater. The talk will touch on the business case for CFD, some of the needs for hardware & software and how we are trying to encourage the consulting community to offer improved services. Examples of computational experience and benchmarking efforts will be drawn from marine riser and hulls vibrations driven by vortex shedding.

Bio
Owen received his undergraduate training in naval architecture at the Univ. of Michigan (BS’66). He did his graduate work at MIT in naval architecture and ocean engineering (MS’69 on ship slamming; Eng.’69; PhD’72 on ship rolling) and post-doctoral work at UC Berkeley (’72-’74 on ship capsizing). As an Asst. Prof., Owen taught hydrodynamics topics in the Dept. of Ocean Engineering at MIT for three years and then in 1977 moved to the offshore research group of Gulf Oil Corp. in Houston, TX. Topics there included metocean criteria, deepwater riser hydrodynamics and field development planning.

Post merger with Chevron, Owen transferred to head the Anoa Field Development Project in Indonesia in 1985. This involved the design and construction of an offshore platform in Java and an FPSO in Japan. These were successfully installed in the Natuna Sea and production started in late 1989. He also worked on the design and construction phases of the topsides for the Hibernia gravity based platform in both Canada and Korea from ’90-‘95. Since then, he has been with the Chevron Energy Technology Company floating production team in California working on deepwater issues, primarily hydrodynamic research, field development planning, vortex induced vibration and computational fluid dynamics.

CFD Applications for the Offshore Industry
Dr. Samuel Holmes, President, Red Wing Engineering, Inc.

Abstract
Advances in computing hardware and software have made possible direct simulation of a number of important problems that the offshore industry has faced for years. These include riser vortex induced vibration and offshore platform response to waves and currents. In this talk we use examples from the solution of these problems to point out the possibilities and current limitations of CFD in the offshore industry. In particular, we look for ways in which current methods can be of greater use to the offshore engineer.

Bio
Dr. Holmes’ engineering career began with the U.S. Navy where he first served as an engineering student at the Naval Ship Engineering Center. During this time, he worked on various aspects of ship propulsion and created software for the analysis of propulsion machinery performance. While working for the Navy, Dr Holmes received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Drexel University. He then took a position at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International). Work at SRI during this period was focused on nonlinear structural response and fluid mechanics and included projects on nuclear reactor safety, vehicle crashworthiness, explosive effects, the mechanics of laser generated plasmas and many aspects of shock physics. During this period he led several projects for the development of crashworthy vehicle structures including the structure of the Department of Transportation’s Research Safety Vehicle (RSV). He also developed the first finite element model of an anthropomorphic crash test dummy. Other developments included extensive fluid dynamics models of laser plasmas and explosive products, analysis methods for the dynamic pulse buckling of shells and studies of the dynamic collapse of underground structures. Dr. Holmes’ work at SRI was interspersed service for the Electric Power Research Institute where he directed work on two phase flow in steam generators and other topics relating to nuclear power plants.

Following his work at SRI, he spend 5 years at Centric Engineering Systems, a developer of the multi-physics finite element solver SPECTRUM and 7 years at Applied Research Associates as a project manager. During this period his interest was directed to aero-acoustics and offshore platform hydrodynamics among other topics. He developed new methods for the prediction of noise levels in passenger trains and applied CFD and structural analysis techniques to the prediction of riser VIV and platform VIM analysis. Prior to founding Red Wing Engineering, Inc. he worked on CFD applications at ACUSIM Software, Inc. Dr. Holmes has written over 45 refereed publications and numerous technical reports.

Next Generation CFD Technology for the Offshore Industry
Dr. Farzin Shakib, Founder and President, ACUSIM Software, Inc.

Bio
Dr. Farzin Shakib is the founder and the lead technologist of ACUSIM Software, the developers of AcuSolve. As one of the leading US experts in the field of computational fluid dynamics, he has spent the past twenty six years developing CFD packages, eighteen of which has been in commercial software. He has extensive knowledge and experience in fluid mechanics and finite element analysis, including high performance computing and fluid/structure interaction. Dr. Shakib received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, under the advisorship of Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes. Prior to ACUSIM, he worked at Centric Engineering Systems and NASA Ames Research Center.

Lone Star Wind Alliance – a Texas Cluster Initiative for Economic Development of Wind Energy – and the Key Role that Advanced Technology Plays in It
Dr. Donald Birx, Vice Chancellor & Vice President, Division of Research
General Manager, the Lone Star Wind Alliance
University of Houston System

Abstract
Dr. Birx will outline developments surrounding the Lone Star Wind Alliance (LSWA) as a backdrop to the event’s focus on advanced methods for aerodynamic modeling and simulation of the fluid mechanics of wind energy systems. The University of Houston is the founder and Managing Director of the Lone Star Wind Alliance (SLWA). Formed in mid 2007 and actively under development since January of 2008, the LSWA is a unique, cluster-based public private partnership organized to (a) advance the reliability, performance and cost of wind turbine systems through next generation research and development; (b) support the development of the business and institutional infrastructure required to achieve 20% wind energy by 2030; and (c) support the creation of the professional and technical workforce adequate to meet the needs of the wind energy industry. Charter membership currently includes 14 wind energy companies, 10 universities and 8 public sector organizations. More members are expected over the next year as the Alliance goes into operation and expands geographically to cover the wind corridor states from the Gulf Coast to Canada. Dr. Birx will include remarks about the LSWA/UH construction and operation of a state of the art large wind blade research, testing and certification facility in Ingleside Texas (near Corpus Christi). This facility will operate under a recently signed Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Birx will conclude his remarks with an introduction of UH faculty capabilities in computational fluid dynamics and opportunities for collaboration.

Bio
Don Birx leads and oversees the University of Houston (UH) System’s nearly $100 million/yr R&D and innovation and commercialization efforts. Dr. Birx has been instrumental in bringing cluster based collaborative, interdisciplinary programming methods to the university’s projects and programs. Energy is a primary focus for the university and the scope of this focus is comprehensive -- spanning not only traditional oil and gas energy technologies but also the full range of emerging technologies for clean and renewable energy including the exciting impacts of nanotechnology and superconducting materials. Dr. Birx joined UH in 2006 from New Mexico State University where he was Interim Vice Provost and Vice President for Research (2004-2006); Director of the Physical Science Laboratory (1996-2005), a 450 person research laboratory with over $50 million in revenues and Founder; and President of the Physical Science Institute (2002-2006), a 40 person technology incubator and 501C (3) research organization. Before joining academia, Don was Vice President for Technology (1994-1996), and leader of the Intelligent Systems Division, 1987-1994, and Principle Investigator/Scientist (1978-1986) – all at Systems Research Laboratories, Inc. in Dayton, OH. Dr. Birx received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from U.C. Berkeley, an M.S. in Bio-Physics and an M.B.A. in Finance from Miami University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Dayton.

Use of CFD in Wind Turbine Design and Site Selection
Dr. Earl P.N. Duque
Manager of the Applied Research Group, Intelligent Light &
Associate Research Professor, Northern Arizona University

Abstract
Computational Fluid Dynamics is seeing more and more usage in the Wind Energy sector. This talk will present how CFD is currently being used in Wind Turbine design and how it can be used for micro-siting. Results from wind turbine CFD verification studies will be presented along with results from research topics exploring the use of CFD in conjunction with Meso-Scale weather simulations to determine micro-scale effects upon wind turbine siting.

Bio
Earl work for the US Army Aeroflight dynamics Rotorcraft CFD Applied Research Group from 1987 through 2000 applying unsteady RANS techniques to full configuration rotorcraft such as the Comanche Helicopter and to wind turbine machines such as the Unsteady Aerodynamics Experiment in the Ames 80-Ft. by 120 Ft. wind tunnel. He joined the faculty at Northern Arizona University where he started an applied CFD lab that contributed to the DARPA Quiet Helicopter Program and established the Sustainable Energy Solutions group which focused upon wind energy deployment in the Southwest and taught several courses in Wind Energy at both graduate and undergraduate level.

In 2005, he joined Intelligent Light where he manages a team of industrial and academic researchers who develop techniques for handling large scale transient multi-physics data and provides CFD consulting services for wind energy, aerospace and other market segments.

Next Generation CFD Technology for Wind Turbine Simulation
Dr. Farzin Shakib, Founder and President, ACUSIM Software, Inc.

For questions, please contact Shing Pan at shing@acusim.com or 650-743-3813.


Sponsors

Microsoft Intel HP

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Participating Partners

CEI Intelligent Light SIMULIA