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Photo of the Week: Eye-to-Eye with a Wind Turbine

August 7, 2013 - 10:35am

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At the National Renewables Energy Laboratory (NREL), scientists use the Insight Center Collaboration Room to examine and interact with their data. In this simulation, the room is converted into a virtual wind tunnel, allowing scientists to study the complex, turbulent flow fields around wind turbines. 

Pictured here, NREL Senior Scientist Kenny Gruchalla examines the velocity field surrounding a wind turbine, using a 3-D model projected onto the center's 16-by-8 foot wall. The simulation helps scientists better understand flow patterns, and further, how turbines can better avoid gearbox failures. <a href="http://www.nrel.gov/news/features/feature_detail.cfm/feature_id=2254" target="_blank">Learn more about the Insight Center Collaboration Room</a>. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL.

At the National Renewables Energy Laboratory (NREL), scientists use the Insight Center Collaboration Room to examine and interact with their data. In this simulation, the room is converted into a virtual wind tunnel, allowing scientists to study the complex, turbulent flow fields around wind turbines. Pictured here, NREL Senior Scientist Kenny Gruchalla examines the velocity field surrounding a wind turbine, using a 3-D model projected onto the center's 16-by-8 foot wall. The simulation helps scientists better understand flow patterns, and further, how turbines can better avoid gearbox failures. Learn more about the Insight Center Collaboration Room. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL.

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