Example 2: Wake characteristics of a wind farm sited in a multiscale rough topography

In countries like Switzerland or Norway, where flat topography is rarely seen, wind farms are often located in mountains or very rough multiscale terrains. However, the performance or wake characteristics of wind turbines in such multiscale terrains are not well understood. In the current study, we will perform wind tunnel experiments on a wind farm sited in a multiscale topography. The power performance and wake characteristics of the wind farm will be investigated, and comparison with an ideal flat terrain will be made. In addition, the most commonly used analytical wake models will be tested for wake prediction in such challenging terrains.

Your responsibilities

  • Carry out wind tunnel experiments in collaboration with Mr. Arslan Salim Dar
  • Perform a systematic data analysis on the acquired measurements
  • Benchmark different analytical models for wake prediction
  • Manage and curate large datasets

Learning outcomes

  • Hands-on experience with well established experimental techniques
  • Good understanding of turbulent boundary layers and atmospheric flows in relation to wind energy
  • Introduction to analytical modeling
  • Big data analysis and management
  • Development of academic and technical writing skills


For more information about the project and to be considered for the position, please contact:

Prof. Fernando Porté-Agel
Email: [email protected]
GR B2 400 (Bâtiment GR)
Station 2
CH-1015 Lausanne