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Mechanical Engineering, Gearbox, Gears and Drive Train

Iowa State University
The University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa

Iowa State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Fluid mechanics, thermal sciences, machine design and optimization, simulation and visualization, advanced manufacturing, dynamics and control, and micro/nano-systems and materials
    • Wind power park systems
      • Siting
      • Stochastic wind forecasting
      • Field monitoring of aerodynamic, electrical and mechanical performance
      • Electrical grid connection and issues
      • Turbine spacing optimization and cluster performance
      • Terrain and/or turbine interference
      • Health monitoring of turbines (non-destructive evaluation)
      • Cluster induced turbulence and its effect on cluster performance
      • Off- peak aerodynamic design performance of the cluster
      • Ice accretion, dirt and bug accumulation/impact on performance and blade loading
      • Environmental issues – birds, visual issues and noise
      • Wind tunnel testing of clusters of turbines in the atmospheric boundary layer with gusts
      • Design of turbine parks for severe weather conditions – tornadoes, thermal cycles
    • Individual wind turbine systems
      • Aerodynamic design of turbine blades, towers
      • Control systems design for non-unidirectional wind\
      • Testing and prediction of aerodynamic loads and performance
      • Material reliability and fatigue of components
      • Design, testing and optimization of composite components
      • Power train/mechanical design – gearbox ,tower, generator
      • Wind tunnel testing of individual turbines and components

Special Facilities

  • Aerodynamic/atmospheric boundary layer wind and gust tunnel
  • Tornado/microburst simulator
  • Health monitoring and inspection
  • Micro-mechanics and composite structure testing laboratory
  • Experimental tools for damage evolution and fatigue lifecycle estimates
  • Anechoic chamber for noise testing and mitigation
  • Computational tools for aerodynamics design performance and simulation
  • Gear train noise and vibration measurements, modeling, and reduction strategies; spectral content of gear meshing and harmonics; influence of drive train component misalignment
  • Evaluating new markets; integrating wind power with the hydrogen/ammonia economy (conversion and storage); compressed air storage, wind generator performance models; site and wind resource assessment; data acquisition systems for monitoring performance; evaluating performance of compared to rated/installed capacity; Evaluating losses in individual components; case studies (economics, feasibility, performance, environmental impact); alternate technologies

Centers of Excellence

The University of Iowa

Areas of Expertise

  • Multi-body dynamics
  • Fatigue and fracture mechanics
  • Virtual proto-typing
  • Mechanisms and robotics
  • Nanomechanics
  • Finite element methods
  • Probabilistic fracture mechanics
  • Contact problems with friction and adhesion
  • Wind turbine and wind farm performance
  • Wind power prediction at different time scales
  • Wind turbine monitoring and diagnostics
  • Prediction of extreme event in wind, equipment, and electric grid
  • Wind power integration
  • Wind farm design
  • Wind farm operations and management
  • Innovation in wind energy

Centers of Excellence

University of Northern Iowa

Areas of Expertise

  • Industrial Technology (IT) faculty members with expertise in mechanical engineering, materials engineering and metallurgical engineering