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AdVanced Aerodynamic Tools for lArge Rotors

Objective

The motivation for the AVATAR project lies in the fact that upscaling wind turbine designs towards 10-20 MW requires radical innovations to make this feasible. Many of these innovationshave a strong aerodynamic component and can be considered as unconventional from an aerodynamic point of view. As such the analysis of the resulting rotor designs falls outside the validated range of applicability of the current state of the art computational aerodynamic tools.

The overall objective of the AVATAR project is then to evaluate, validate and improve aerodynamic and aero-elastic tools to ensure applicability for large wind turbines. The capability of these models to produce valid load calculations at all modeling complexity levels needs to be demonstrated. This leads to a number of secondary objectives related to the assessment and evaluation of such designs eventually culminating in new design guidelines.
In the AVATAR workplan aerodynamic models are developed and calibrated for all aspects which play a role in the design of large wind turbines. Thereto the entire chain of aerodynamic modelling is mobilized ranging from computational efficient engineering tools to very advanced high fidelity but computationally expensive tools. The development of new comprehensive models is based on a philosophy in which the high fidelity tools feed results towards the lower complexity tools where furthermore (wind tunnel and field) measurements are used to validate and improve the models. The capabilities of the resulting tools are demonstrated on a large scale rotor with and without flow control devices.
The project is carried out by an absolute world class consortium since it consists of a selected group of participants from the subprogram aerodynamics of EERA Joint Program Wind (European Energy Research Alliance) in which all leading institutes on the field of aerodynamics participate, complimented with two leading industrial partners.

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Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 149 930,58
Administrative Contact
Maaike Brouwer (Mrs.)

Participants (13)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 578 259,50
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hoekstra (Mr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 1 105 132,50
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karen Hyllested Thielsen (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 212 951,25
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 543 946
Address
Ammerlaender Heerstrasse 114-118
26129 Oldenburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sabine Geruschke (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 240 820
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thorsten Lutz (Dr.)
FUNDACION CENER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 552 756,25
Address
Avenida Ciudad De La Innovacion 7
31621 Sarriguren
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elena Arbizu (Mrs.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 138 595,37
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cherie Judge (Ms.)
CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION
Greece
EU contribution
€ 276 400
Address
Marathonos 19Th Km
19009 Pikermi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giorgos Sieros (Dr.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 670 600
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Mrs.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 251 400
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francesco Giovanni Cecchet (Dr.)
GENERAL ELECTRIC DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 519 714
Address
Bleichstrasse 64-66
60313 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicol Michallik (Ms.)
LM WIND POWER AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 343 060
Address
Jupitervej 6
6000 Kolding
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jesper Madsen (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 96 923,20
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Adriana Brincat Scicluna (Ms.)