On the Leading Edge Vortex in Highly Turbulent Flow Conditions

Bio-inspired foils for low-speed performance of renewable energy converters

Improving the efficiency of wind and tidal energy converters is crucial in order to make these technologies competitive compared to traditional energy systems.

In particular, while it is important to improve their performance over a wide range of flow speeds, it is known that foils designed for high speed show poor performance at low speed.

The present research aims at investigating the underlying mechanisms of a particular flow feature observed on insect wings and bird wings, namely the leading edge vortex, and to investigate how this feature can be used to improve the efficiency of renewable energy converters at low speed conditions.

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Principal Investigator: 

Postgraduate Researchers: 

Emmanouil Falagkaris, Rowan Muir, Abel Arredondo

Research Institutes: 

  • Energy Systems

Research Themes: 

  • Offshore Renewable Energy

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 17:31