Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN WIND INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT: SUR-WInD

The program was completed in 2014 and is no longer available.

This NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project is a nine week summer program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of wind-power related projects. SUR-WInD students will be exposed to a broad range of research projects motivated by what has now become a national interest in offshore wind power.  Participating students, purposefully drawn from diverse backgrounds and experience, will be immersed in ongoing research projects and seminars that involve:

  • Factors affecting the design and deployment of offshore foundations
  • Materials factors, energy storage, and grid integration for intermittent generation
  • How local wind conditions influence the configuration of large offshore wind arrays
  • Choices of turbine operating states and selection of turbine characteristics
  • The impact of energy economics through seminar-based interactions with industry speakers

Research Project Examples:

  • Assessment and redesign of a 50kw induction generator turbine
  • Cup anemometer calibration, wind velocity and turbulence analysis
  • Turbulence sensors in turbine blades
  • Measurement and analysis off-shore wind and ice flow
  • Optimal placement in large wind farms/wake modeling
  • Energy storage for intermittent renewables
  • Effect of ice loading on offshore wind foundations
  • Structural behavior of Wind Turbines turbines
  • Integration of renewable resources into the grid

The SUR-WInD program involves ten students every summer. Each student receives a stipend of $4,500, and free housing in university dormitories. Up to $300 is available for travel assistance.

The above program was completed in 2014 and is no longer available.