Fluid Mechanics and Energy

Field studies and physical and computational modeling of turbulence across a range of scales drive energy research at SAFL. Advanced techniques such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling and sophisticated data collection from scaled physical models and unique field-scale facilities allow us to develop science-based approaches for optimizing the performance of devices and facilities that harness energy from water, air, and biological sources.

Focus Areas

  • Wind Power – Turbine and blade design, wind farm siting
  • Water power – Including hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic power
  • Biofuels – Algal biofuel production
  • Hydrocarbons – Basin and delta reservoir architecture