TTUHRT members awarded NSF CBET funding to perform wind turbine wake flow research
TTUHRT Director Dr. John Schroeder and member Dr. Brian Hirth have been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (NSF CBET) program to leverage the TTU Ka-band radar systems. The proposal titled “Building the Foundation for Smart Wind Farms through First-Order Controls Opportunities based on Real-Time Observations of Complex Flows” will survey complex flows and turbine-to-turbine interaction within various wind farms. The project is unique in that it will foster collaboration with wind farm operators who have the ability to manually control turbine operation during radar data collection. The research has potential to help reshape how wind farms operate by providing detailed wind maps that can increase efficiency and performance in a real-time manner. Fewer than 20% of NSF CBET applications are funded annually. The project is supported for thirty months and will commence in September.
On June 16-20, 2013, members of the TTUHRT and TTU faculty and students presented their work at the 12th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering at the Seattle Westin hotel. The purpose of the conference was to share progress made on wind science and engineering and wind energy topic matter with scientists, engineers, academicians and practitioners from around the world. Topics covered during the conference by TTUHRT members included severe thunderstorm outflow, marine gust factors in landfalling hurricanes, radar-derived wind profiles and surface adjustments and wind turbine wake characterization. Several alumni were also in attendance and are pictured in the TTU group photograph.
Tropical Storm Andrea makes landfall in the Big Bend of Florida and becomes the first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season
Tropical Storm Andrea formed over the eastern Gulf of Mexico on the evening of June 5, 2013 and made landfall in the Big Bend of Florida on the evening of June 6, 2013 as a weak tropical storm. Heavy rainfall, gusty winds, storm surge and isolated tornadoes threatened the Florida Peninsula as the storm made landfall. Andrea is currently skirting across the Carolinas and is forecast to accelerate ahead of a mid- to upper-level trough lifting over the eastern half of the U.S. Andrea should complete extratropical transition later today and remain post-tropical for the rest of the duration of the storm. A low pressure system is anticipated to develop northeast of Newfoundland and absorb Andrea by 72 hours in the forecast period. TTUHRT did not deploy for Andrea but updates regarding the status of the storm can be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
The National Hurricane Center's 2012 Atlantic hurricane season preliminary reports for both Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Sandy are now available
All of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season preliminary reports from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) have now been completed and are availble by following the link provided: 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season NHC Preliminary Reports. TTUHRT played an integral role in disseminating post-storm statistics and real-time telemtry to NHC during both storms.
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