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Wind Turbine Aeroelastic Model Development and Validation

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Colorado - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name NREL
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Wind Turbine Aeroelastic Model Development and Validation
Boulder, CO
Postdoctoral Researcher
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL is continuing an active research and development program for wind turbine aeroelastic modeling within the National Wind Technology Center. This R&D program has an opening for one postdoctoral researcher in field test data analysis and model development and validation. The engineer researcher will perform research with an inter-laboratory team responsible for accelerating the development of wind energy technology in the U.S. The scope of the research is focused on characterizing megawatt class turbine rotor aerodynamics as the foundation for the maturation of aerodynamic and structural models that a span a range of fidelity and incorporation of models into a modular simulation framework. The research will relate directly to experimental measurements that will allow more accurate prediction of power losses and structural loading of turbines and control systems design for a variety of wind turbine applications.
The research engineer will develop new models for fully coupled aerodynamic and structural response of wind turbine systems in the atmospheric environment that will modularly interface with existing wind turbine simulation tools. More specifically, the researcher will validate and develop advanced aerodynamic engineering models and may also employ computational fluid dynamics models to predict wind turbine blade unsteady aerodynamics. The researcher will validate the tool against field observations from utility scale operating machines and ensure usability and acceptance by the wind energy industry. The researcher will analyze megawatt class turbine field test data and identify pertinent validation data. The researcher will then work with NREL researchers and those of other laboratories and industry to advance the level of understanding of key phenomena regarding turbine blade aerodynamics, unsteady inflow and wind plant turbulence, coupled structural response of highly flexible blade designs, and advanced turbine control systems. The researcher will also make presentations on project progress to sponsors and reviewers and publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
The positions require experience in engineering or science with a strong background in one of the following areas: rotating system aeroelasticity, fluid-structural interactions, or unsteady fluid mechanics/aerodynamics. Knowledge of programming languages C++ and FORTRAN are also required.
The preferred candidate will have previous experience in wind turbine aeroelastic simulation and validation, and knowledge of NREL’s aeroelastic simulation tool, FAST. The preferred candidate will have previous experience with analysis of turbine test and experiment data. The preferred candidate will also have knowledge of the computational fluid dynamics solvers in OpenFOAM or similar tool.
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