Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Wind Turbine Aerodynamics

About this position

As an intern (on MSc level) in the Wind Energy research group, you will work with topic experts to further explore the versatile field of wind energy research and help create a sustainable future using renewable energy sources. Vortex generators (VGs) are commonly used by wind turbine blade manufacturers to improve performance of turbine blades. VGs are typically used near the root section of wind turbine blades and help to keep the flow attached even at high angles of attack that are observed in this region. CFD modeling the effect of VGs is cumbersome because of the excessive mesh resolution requirements to resolve all the flow details. This places a severe limitation on the design of innovative VG concepts for wind turbine blades. In this assignment, you will be expected to implement and validate an analytical model for VGs in high fidelity CFD codes.

What will be your role?

In this assignment you will implement the BAY method for modelling VGs in one of the higher fidelity CFD methods (e.g. SU2 or OpenFOAM) which are in use at TNO to model the overall airfoil performance with VGs. The research will start with a literature survey on the vortex generators (VGs) and modelling concepts for the higher and lower fidelity methods. To see the effects of the VGs, the 3D flow simulations will need to be performed for relevant Reynolds numbers both with the BAY model and body fitted mesh. Finally, the validity of the BAY model will be established based on comparison against experimental and numerical data. Your work will be carried out in our Wind Energy department. This department houses approximately 60 experts with an in-depth knowledge on wind energy technology. During the internship you can work from our offices in Petten and/or Delft, and will be supervised by 2 to 3 Wind Energy Experts.

What we expect from you

We are looking for MSc students (or intern) in relevant areas i.e. (Wind)Energy Technology, Aerospace Technology, Mechanical Engineering etc with the following characteristics:

  • Programming experience in C++/FORTRAN;
  • Knowledge of Pointwise, Paraview, SU2 and OpenFOAM or willingness to learn these tools;
  • Enthusiasm for research and technology development;
  • Interest in wind energy;
  • Technical knowledge of wind turbines and aerodynamics;
  • Independent working attitude;
  • Good knowledge of the English language;
  • Available to work at least 32 hours for a period of 4 to 6 months.

What you'll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

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