The Center's program in bio-inspired wind energy emphasizes fundamental research and development combined with field testing of wind energy technologies. Current efforts are focused on the design of new vertical-axis wind turbine concepts and optimal placement of vertical-axis turbines in large-scale wind farm arrays. Both endeavors aim to improve the yield and reduce the cost of wind energy technology as compared to modern horizontal-axis wind turbine farms. Research on wind turbine design is informed by studies of plant aeroelasticity, while wind farm design is inspired by the spatial arrangements of schooling fish. Activities within the program are conducted in facilities on Caltech’s main campus and at the recently established Caltech Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy in northern Los Angeles County.
- Active Boundary Layer Control Using Dynamic Roughness
- Development of Functionally Graded Materials for Light, Strong, and Fatigue-resistant Wind Turbines
- Effect of Nanostructured Topologies on Air Flow Properties Over Wind Turbine Blade Surfaces
- Fish Schooling as a Basis for Vertical-axis Wind Farm Design
- Investigation of Mechanical Properties, Deformation and Failure Mechanisms in Composite Wind Turbine Blades
- Numerical Simulation of Vertical-axis Wind Turbine Wake Dynamics
- Ocean Energy Harvesting Using Vertical-axis Turbines
- Quantitative Full-scale Wind Turbine Flow Measurements
- Wind Resource Evaluation at the Caltech Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy
Professor Dabiri focuses on mechanics and dynamics of biological propulsion, and fluid dynamic energy conversion.