The Wind Physics track is interesting for:
Engineers and scientists with interest in fundamental and applied fluid dynamics, especially Physicists, Meteorologists, Engineers, and everybody else who has a keen interest in the fundamental understanding and utilization of the wind energy resource.
The Wind Physics track deals with highly relevant questions of wind energy: the understanding of wind physics and its turbulence
The success of the wind energy industry as a sustainable base of society’s future energy supply lies among other things in the understanding of wind physics and its turbulence structures. To tackle the challenge of how to unfold a better understanding of wind physics and turbulence and all related questions of applied character in the wind energy field, experience and knowledge both in measurement techniques and numerical simulations are needed. Also the question of how to link our current understanding and new research results to modern design and control strategies of wind energy converters and wind farms is a challenge for coming generations of scientists and engineers. Especially in the fast growing wind energy industry those questions are becoming more and more important and the need for specialists is increasing.
The Wind Physics track in brief: the best education of two universities
The Wind Physics track offers a unique high-class education: Both the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (UniOl) have a long history of research and education within the fields of wind energy, wind physics and turbulence, and they offer a large variety of basic and advanced courses. The Wind Physics track combines the best courses of both universities to provide a higher education which deals with current research questions and prepares for a career both in science and industry.
The Wind Physics graduate:
- masters an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the field of fluid dynamics in connection with wind energy topics, both theoretical and experimental;
- has knowledge of the governing meteorological concepts and understands the mechanisms responsible for winds in the atmosphere, the atmospheric boundary layer and the phenomena that define its development;
- is able to model and analyse the interaction between topography, atmospheric boundary layer and energy yield as well as the interaction of boundary layer and wind farms, incl. wake effects;
- masters the topic of atmospheric turbulence and its impact on the loading of structures, with application to the design of wind turbines;
- is able to apply advanced techniques in flow measurement and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) – both on an engineering and fundamental research basis;
- has practical knowledge and experience of field measurement and high-performance computation;
- is able to perform site assessments and predictions of wind energy yield.
There is a wide range of job opportunities for Wind Physics graduates:
- science and research institutes in fluid dynamics and wind energy,
- meteorology agencies,
- wind energy industry,
- engineering consultancy companies
Research institutes at DTU and UniOL
- Forwind – Center for Wind Energy Research (www.forwind.de)
- Energy Meteorology group (http://www.energy-meteorology.de)
- TWiSt – Turbulence, Wind Energy and Stochastics group (http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/twist/)
- Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology, project group Aerodynamics and CFD (http://www.iwes.fraunhofer.de/en/abteilungen/turbine-simulation-software-development-and-aerodynamics/aerodynamics-and-cfd.html)
- DTU Wind Energy (http://www.vindenergi.dtu.dk/english)
- DTU Compute (http://www.compute.dtu.dk/english)
- DTU Mechanical Engineering (http://www.mek.dtu.dk/english)
List of courses
The student is expected to take the mandatory courses and complete the list of courses with electives of his/her choice to reach a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester. The course list has to be approved by the track coordinator. Note: at DTU it is not possible to obtain more than 30 ECTS per semester.