CD-adapco to unveil Wind Park simulation technology

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CD-adapco, the world's leading independent Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software provider today unveiled new simulation technology for the prospecting of Wind Parks and Wind Turbine Installations. The simulation technology, which is already being used by a leading turbine manufacturer, addresses two of the biggest challenges in prospecting: the prediction of Wind Power Density across complex terrain and the identification of local flow features likely to negatively influence asset durability.

CD-adapco, the world's leading independent Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software provider today unveiled new simulation technology for the prospecting of Wind Parks and Wind Turbine Installations at the European Wind Energy Conference 2009 in Marseille, France (http://www.ewec2009.info).

The simulation technology, which is already being used by a leading turbine manufacturer, addresses two of the biggest challenges in prospecting: the prediction of Wind Power Density across complex terrain and the identification of local flow features likely to negatively influence asset durability.

CD-adapco has developed a unique automated process, through which large areas of terrain can be evaluated, with little or no manual input from the operator. The process is based around STAR-CCM+, CD-adapco's flagship simulation tool, which automates every part of the wind park simulation - from importing the terrain geometry to producing a final report that identifies the suitability of a particular area of land for wind turbine installation.

Dennis Nagy, CD-adapco's VP for the Energy Industry, explains: "Previously numerical simulation for wind-park prospecting was rightly criticized because it either over-simplified the physics or was too complex and time consuming to deploy on a realistic scale - often requiring the integration of many different software modules and simulation times in excess of two weeks. In this respect STAR-CCM+ is paradigm changing -- allowing large areas of terrain to be analyzed for twelve different wind directions in less than 3 hours, and with little or no manual input from the operator."

As well as evaluating the Wind Power Density, the report produced also identifies local three dimensional flow features such as wind-shear, wind-weir and local gustiness that are likely to have a negative impact on the durability of the Wind Turbine gearbox.

CD-adapco will be holding an exclusive webinar (http://www.cd-adapco.com/registrations/index.html?c=701400000009iH3) on Wind Turbine and Windpark Simulation on April 30 2009. The webinar is free to attend, and registrants will receive a complimentary copy of CD-adapco's Energy Special report, which looks in detail at the role simulation is playing in guaranteeing future energy sustainability. To register please visit: http://www.cd-adapco.com/press_room/2009/03-16-windpark.html.

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