Researcher into Pragmatic Wind Modelling at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences

PhD Student (m/f/d) for a research project in the field of wind energy

Wind energy is increasingly being developed in sites that are influenced by terrain and forestry. These conditions leads to heterogeneous wind fields and challenging turbulence.

Understanding the wind resource and it’s impact on wind turbines in these sites requires innovative simulation methods for the detailed description of meso- and micro-scale flow phenomena within the atmospheric boundary layer.

The research project “Pragmatic Wind Modelling” has recently been funded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) to help tackle these issues. It will be conducted in collaboration with a Swiss nationally-funded project at the Rapperswil University of Applied Sciences as well as industrial partners.

This project is part of the activities of the WindForS wind energy research cluster.

Your Project

  • Development and implementation of numerical simulation models describing the fluid mechanical and thermodynamic phenomena in the atmospheric boundary layer, taking orography and land use into consideration
  • Comparison of modelling approaches on different levels of detail for complex terrain
  • You will be working on a DBU research project with the aim submitting a PhD thesis
  • Publications in journals and on scientific conferences

Your skills and experience

We are looking for a candidate with enthusiasm for academic research in the field of wind energy.

  • He*she should be able to work independently and should have a strong willingness to cooperate with other research groups in a joint project.
  • Applicants should hold a Master degree in engineering fields or physics.
  • He*she should have a solid background in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.
  • CFD skills preferably with OpenFOAM or ANSYS CFX are highly appreciated.
  • Additionally knowledge in the operating system Linux and the programming languages FORTRAN, C or C++ are desirable.
  • Good communication skills and fluency in both written and spoken English as well as good German language skills are expected.

For More Information Or To Apply

Please contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Knaus at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences:

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