ACUSIM Software at WINDPOWER 2010

By: Shing Pan
Publication Date: 24 May 2010


High Fidelity CFD for Wind Power Applications

  • Aerodynamics: Steady, Transient, Moving Rotors
  • Aeroelasticity: Fluid Structure Interaction
  • Siting: Macro, Micro, Wake Prediction
  • Noise Prediction: High Res Transient Simulation

The wealth of insight provided by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations gives wind turbine designers and engineers the opportunity to rapidly investigate advanced design concepts and improve efficiency, reliability, and cost effectiveness that are required to propel wind power technology into the future.

Join ACUSIM Software and Microsoft at WINDPOWER 2010, the world’s largest and most anticipated annual event for wind energy. Visit us at Booth #12448, May 24 - 26, at the Dallas Convention Center.

Daily Booth Presentations

Daily in-booth (#12448) presentations with Wind Turbine CFD Simulation, Visualization and High Performance Computing experts from ACUSIM Software, Intelligent Light, Microsoft and Pointwise.

High Fidelity Simulations of a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine using Viscous Unstructured Meshes
Dr. Chris Sideroff, Technical Sales Engineer, Pointwise, Inc.

Power and Promise: CFD delivers critical knowledge and speeds development
Earl P.N. Duque, Manager of the Applied Research Group, Intelligent Light & Associate Research Professor, Northern Arizona University

High Productivity Computing with Windows
Mark Ades, HPC Solution Specialist, Energy & Chemicals, Microsoft Corporation

A Microsoft Zune HD will be raffled away at the end of each Microsoft presentation. You must be present to win.

MD Nastran Integrated FSI with AcuSolve
T. Kim Parnell, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Product Manager, MSC.Software

Advanced CFD Simulations for Wind Power Applications
Dave Corson, Sr. CFD Analyst, ACUSIM Software, Inc.

Automated CFD Simulation Processes for Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
Dave Corson, Sr. CFD Analyst, ACUSIM Software, Inc.

Design to Win: AcuSolve Product Overview for Wind Power Applications
Dave Corson, Sr. CFD Analyst, ACUSIM Software, Inc.

Technical Poster Reception

Monday evening Conference Technical Poster Reception with technical author and senior CFD analyst to learn first hand results and a methodology using commercial CFD to study utility scale wind turbine aerodynamics employing advanced, high fidelity modeling techniques.

Validation of High Fidelity CFD Modeling Approach for Utility Scale Wind Turbines
Dave Corson, Sr. CFD Analyst, ACUSIM Software
Monday, May 24, 2010 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Room: Concourse, Hall A/B

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Schedule Now for private meetings with ACUSIM and/or Microsoft. We would like to help you with your Wind Power CFD projects and computing needs. Contact shing_pan@acusim.com for customer meetings!

Presentation Abstracts

Power and Promise: CFD delivers critical knowledge and speeds development
Earl P.N. Duque, Manager of the Applied Research Group, Intelligent Light & Associate Research Professor, Northern Arizona University

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has been used to predict the aerodynamics of race cars, helicopters and the Space Shuttle. Engineers are now using this same technology to predict the performance characteristics of wind turbines. The impact of CFD can be seen in more accurate power predictions of new machine designs and optimal siting of turbines in a farm. Industry leaders are using CFD to help lower the Cost of Energy and develop a competitive advantage. In this talk, Dr. Earl P.N. Duque will discuss how CFD is being used today to simulate the aerodynamics of advanced wind turbine blade designs, the wakes produced by wind turbines and the role of CFD in site selection.

MD Nastran Integrated FSI with AcuSolve
T. Kim Parnell, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Product Manager, MSC.Software

MSC.Software's MD Nastran structural solver can now be linked with AcuSolve for CFD to provide an integrated Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) solution. OpenFSI provides the interface mechanism. FSI opens a range of new applications where the interaction is critical.

Advanced CFD Simulations for Wind Power Applications
Dave Corson, Sr. CFD Analyst, ACUSIM Software, Inc.

In this presentation, we discuss advanced features of ACUSIM products that can be used to easily perform complex simulations. Features ranging from advanced pre-processing (i.e. meshing and geometry construction) to complex fluid-structure interaction applications using DES and LES turbulence modeling will be presented.

Automated CFD Simulation Processes for Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
Dave Corson, Sr. CFD Analyst, ACUSIM Software, Inc.

This presentation will focus on the powerful automation capabilities within the ACUSIM environment. A live demo will be performed to demonstrate how automation can be used to completely build and set-up a full wind turbine model using best practices that have been developed for rotor aerodynamics.

Design to Win: AcuSolve Product Overview for Wind Power Applications
Dave Corson, Sr. CFD Analyst, ACUSIM Software, Inc.

In this presentation, Mr. Corson will present an overview of the powerful capabilities provided by AcuSolve for wind power applications. These applications range from simple steady state single blade simulations to high fidelity rotor/tower aerodynamics and siting applications.

Validation of High Fidelity CFD Modeling Approach for Utility Scale Wind Turbines
Dave Corson, Sr. CFD Analyst, ACUSIM Software

A methodology is presented to use a commercially available finite element based flow solver, AcuSolve™, to study utility scale wind turbine aerodynamics employing advanced, high fidelity modeling techniques. The wind turbine studied here is based upon the NREL 5-MW offshore design. This machine uses a horizontal axis, 3-bladed rotor with a diameter of 126 meters. Due to the large size of this rotor, the simulations present challenges to CFD practitioners to develop accurate, efficient, and robust modeling approaches. Using the techniques described in this document, steady state Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) and fully transient Detached Eddy Simulation (DES) results were computed for a range of wind speeds and rotor RPMs. Rotor thrust, torque, and power were resolved and compare favorably to accepted results obtained from researchers at laboratories and academic institutions. Flow structures were also identified and compared for different wind speeds using the commercial post processing package, FieldView.

Presenter Bios

Dr. Chris Sideroff Pointwise, Inc., Technical Sales Engineer
Chris Sideroff joined the Pointwise staff in September 2007. He is responsible for managing new and existing sales accounts, technical support of evaluations and other grid generation projects. He has been involved with a broad range of CFD disciplines, including algorithm development as well as commercial software use, for 7 years.

Chris earned his PhD from Syracuse University and his Masters of Science from the University of Alberta. Chris has previous professional experience as a Petroleum Engineer for the NATCO Group, a Design engineer for ARV Development and an HPC technician for Harddata Ltd.

Dr. Earl P.N. Duque
Manager of the Applied Research Group, Intelligent Light &
Associate Research Professor, Northern Arizona University
Dr. Duque work for the US Army Aero flight 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.

Mr. Mark M. Ades HPC Solution Specialist, Energy & Chemicals, Microsoft Corporation
Mr. Ades is a high-performance computing solutions specialist for Microsoft's Oil & Energy industry. He has more than 26 years' experience in seismic acquisition, seismic imaging, and model simulation; including management positions with WesternGeco and Exploration Design Software and various international roles with Western Geophysical. He has also provided independent consulting services to many of the major energy companies. Ades holds a bachelor's degree in geology from Centenary College and is a member of the AAPG, GSH, SEG, and SPE.

Mr. David Corson Senior CFD Analyst, ACUSIM Software, Inc.
Mr. Corson is a senior CFD analyst at ACUSIM Software. His responsibilities at ACUSIM include high level consulting projects involving computational fluid dynamics in various engineering disciplines including the wind energy industry, oil and gas industry, atmospheric sciences, hydrodynamics, and external aerodynamics.

Mr. Corson has over 10 years of experience in the development and application of advanced CFD methods. Before coming to ACUSIM, Mr. Corson spent 8 years working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory applying CFD to thedesign of naval nuclear propulsion systems.
Mr. Corson has a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he studied under the advisorship of Professor Kenneth Jansen.

T. Kim Parnell, Ph.D., P.E. Senior Product Manager, MSC.Software
T. Kim Parnell, Ph.D., P.E. holds Ph.D. and MSME degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering, a BES from Georgia Tech, and is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer. Dr. Parnell is currently Senior Manager of the User Experience Group at MSC.Software. He served previously as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University. Kim and MSC.Software are working closely with Prof. Steve Tsai and his global team at Stanford on the web-based Composites Design Tutorial http://compositesdesign.stanford.edu . Before joining MSC.Software, Kim was a consultant for many years, and worked previously for Parnell Engineering & Consulting (PEC), Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, Rubicor Medical, SST Systems, ATT Bell Laboratories, Stanford University and General Motors.

Kim is also active within the engineering profession. He is currently Vice Chair of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section (IEEE-SCV), the largest IEEE Section in the US with over 12K members, and is Past-Chair of the IEEE Consultants' Network of Silicon Valley (IEEE-CNSV). Kim is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member of ASME and ASM.