Carrica Receives $101,000 NSF Grant to Study Offshore Wind Turbines

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pablo Carrica, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and associate faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, has received a $101,299 research grant from the National Science Foundation.

The research, to be conducted in collaboration with Tao Xing, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Tuskegee University, involves studying simulation based design for deep water offshore wind turbines, including wave loads and motions.

Carrica is a member of the Wind Energy Faculty Working group at The University of Iowa.   His research interests include ship hydrodynamics; computational fluid dynamics; unsteady RANS and DES modeling of free surface flows; two-phase flow modeling and numerical computation; high-performance parallel computing; two-phase flow instrumentation development; fluid-structure interaction; and aerodynamics of wind turbines.

Last year, Carrica was instrumental in the acquisition and installation of a 2.4 kW wind turbine as a teaching tool on the University of Iowa campus.  The project was made possible through a grant from the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND).