The energy industry is one of the largest in the world: from renewable (wind, solar power, biomass, geothermal or hydropower) to gas and oil companies, cutting-edge technology is required to stay competitive. With innovative technologies like computer simulation, the industry now has access to a cost-efficient tool that can be used to create new ways of meeting the enormous global demand, all while focusing on producing energy in sustainable ways. Enabling producers and transportation firms to simulate devices, tools, machinery or storage tanks, SimScale can play an important role in testing designs, making repeated changes and increasing overall efficiency in the industry. Choosing from FEM, CFD, and Thermodynamics, SimScale offers a wide range of functionalities for the energy industry.
As part of the alternative energy industry, wind power is one of the key areas in producing sustainable energy. In this project, the airflow around a horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT) and the resulting forces on the rotor are simulated, with the goal of increasing its overall performance.