Iowa engineers use miniature turbines to test wind

Photo by Bob Elbert, courtesy of Iowa State University.

A team of engineers at Iowa State University are utilizing miniature 10-inch wind turbines to gauge the effect of topography and turbine placement on the overall power output of wind farms.

The team crafted 1:320 scale replicas of 80-meter wind turbines, and began running experiments in Iowa State’s Aerodynamic/Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind and Gust Tunnel.

“We want to work with the wind turbine industry to transfer some of our findings,” said Hui Hu, the team’s leader. “We can help boost total energy capture. And we can lengthen the lifetimes of wind turbines, making them more efficient.”

For more information, check out the official news release by Iowa State University.

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