Wind Physics

The Wind Physics track examines fundamental as well as applied aspects of fluid dynamics and aims at engineers and physicists who have a keen interest in the understanding and utilisation of wind energy.

Relevant questions of wind energy: understanding of wind physics and turbulence

The success of the wind energy industry as a sustainable energy supply for future society relies among other things on the understanding of wind physics and of its turbulence structures. Tackling such a challenge requires knowledge and experience in both  measurement techniques and numerical simulations. A further challenge for the coming generations of scientists and engineers lies in the need for linking the current understanding of wind physics and the results of the latest researches in this field to the design and control strategies applied to wind energy converters and wind farms. As these questions become increasingly important in the rapidly evolving wind energy industry, the need for specialists in this field is increasing.

The Wind Physics track in brief: the best education of two universities

The Wind Physics track offers a unique high-class education. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (UniOl) have both a long history of research and education in the wind energy field, as well as in wind physics and turbulence, and they offer a wide variety of basic and advanced courses on those subjects. The best courses from both universities are combined in the Wind Physics track in order to provide a higher education on the current research questions of wind energy and to prepare the students to their future career in this sector, either in research or industry.

Profile of the Wind Physics graduate:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of fluid dynamics aspects of wind energy from a theoretical as well as experimental point of view
  • Knowledge of the governing concepts of meteorology and understanding of the mechanisms responsible for winds in the atmosphere, of the atmospheric boundary layer and of the phenomena associated with its development
  • Ability to model and analyse the interaction between topography, atmospheric boundary layer and energy yield as well as the interaction of atmospheric boundary layer and wind farms, including wake effects
  • Mastery of atmospheric turbulence and of its impact on the loading of structures in relation to the design of wind turbines
  • Ability to apply advanced flow measurement techniques and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools both on an engineering basis and on a fundamental one
  • Practical knowledge of field measurements and high-performance computations
  • Ability to perform site assessments and predictions of wind energy yield

Job opportunities for Wind Physics graduates

  • Fluid dynamics and wind energy research institutes
  • Meteorology agencies
  • Wind energy industry
  • Engineering consultancy companies

Research institutes at DTU and UO



List of courses

The Wind Physics student is required to accomplish a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester by taking mandatory as well as elective courses (DTU does not allow for obtaining more than 30 ECTS per semester). Students need to get the approval of their complete course list by the track coordinators of both universities awarding the degree. An overview of the courses offered within the Wind Physics track is provided below.

Note: the listed electives courses only represent a recommendation. Students are always invited to check the elective courses available at their universities and ask for permission to join any elective of their choice.

1st Semester – 30 ECTS courses @DTU

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Mandatory ECTS
46300 Wind Turbine Technology and Aerodynamics 10
46100 Introduction to Micro Meteorology for Wind Energy 5
02425 Diffusions and Stochastic Differential Equations* 5
41129 Turbulence Theory* 5
46200 Planning and Development of Wind Farms 5
10333 Physics of Sustainable Energy 5
02417 Time Series Analysis 5
02407 Stochastic Processes 5
46211 Offshore Wind Energy 10
*Courses 02425 and 41129 could either be taken in semester 1 or 3.

2nd Semester – 30 ECTS courses @UO


Mandatory ECTS
Advanced Research Project (Winter Break) 9
5.04.4074 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD I + II ) 6
Fluid Dynamics II 3
5.04.4065 Advanced Wind Energy Meteorology 3
5.04.4234 Wind Physics Measurement Project 3
Engineering Physics Seminar on advanced Topics 3
5.04.4236 Aeroelastic Simulation of Wind Turbines 3
Seminar Advanced Topics in Engineering Physics 3
Energy Systems 2 3
5.04.4652 Stochastic Processes in Experiments 3

3rd Semester – 30 ECTS courses @DTU

Mandatory ECTS
02425 Diffusions and Stochastic Differential Equations* 5
41129 Turbulence Theory* 5
46211 Offshore Wind Energy 10
02407 Stochastic Processes 5
02417 Time Series Analysis 5
02427 Advanced Time Series Analysis 10
02610 Optimization and Data Fitting 5
46400 Wind Turbine Measurement Techniques 10
46500 Probabilistic Methods in Wind Energy 5
*Courses 02425 and 41129 could either be taken in semester 1 or 3.

4th Semester – 30 ECTS thesis (free mobility)**

Compulsory DTU
Master Thesis 30
Compulsory UniOl
Master Thesis 30
** The master thesis is supervised by the two degree awarding universities.
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