Wind Energy Resource Characterization
An outdoor laboratory was be established to collect reliable wind speed and turbulence data for use with computational models of wind turbine systems.
Blade Performance and Reliability
Blade health monitoring diagnostics was coupled with structural optimization and failure analysis to advance rotor blade performance.
Drivetrain Design Optimization
Reliability-based design optimization (RBDO) was employed to enhance design of wind turbine drive trains.
Green Energy Grids
Highly adaptive, decentralized electric grid management techniques compatible with wind power systems was developed.
The platform leader was P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost, Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Iowa.
Publications & Reports
Annual Progress Reports, July 2015 (all projects; PDF)
Annual Progress Reports, July 2014 (all projects; PDF)
Annual Progress Reports, July 2013 (all projects; PDF)
Annual Progress Reports, July 2012 (all projects; PDF)
Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND) is a partnership with state and local governments, the community colleges, universities, the private sector, associations and community organizations, and the federal government. This state-wide effort helps coordinate the breadth of activities and capabilities in research and education taking place within the state, and catalyze activities designed to meet the research, training, and testing needs of the rapidly expanding wind energy industry.