Virginia Tech Wind Turbine Team @ Beech Ridge Energy Park

On November 14th, the Virginia Tech Wind Turbine Team (VT WTT) visited the Beech Ridge Energy Park in Greenbriar County, West Virginia. The Beech Ridge Energy Park is a 100 MW wind farm owned and operated by Envision Energy. The team met the on-site manager, asked technicians about turbine maintenance, and got to see 67…

Wall-Jet Wind Tunnel Construction and Calibration – Finished!

Below is a photo of the aeroacoustics groups and new wall jet tunnel. Undergraduate students Jonathan Schwaner, Lee Organski, and Vidya Vishwanathan worked in a combined effort with the AOE machine shop to build the new tunnel.   (Back row – Left to right: Agastya Balantrapu, Dr. Nathan Alexander, Dr. William Devenport, Christopher Hickling, Jon…

CNN reporter experiences hurricane force winds in the Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel!

Randi Kaye, an American television news journalist for CNN made a visit to our very own Stability Wind Tunnel @CREATe_VT to experience hurricane force winds.   Check out this story on CNN, which aired last night: http://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2017/09/08/category-5-storm-winds-kaye-pkg.cnn William Devenport and the VT Stability Wind Tunnel crew did a great job hosting the CNN team on…

Welcome Back!

The CREATe Center at Virginia Tech would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students, faculty, and staff. This is an exciting time in the life of CREATe as we engage the opportunities and challenges facing renewable energy and aerodynamic technology. The Center is deeply grateful for our students, faculty, and…

CREATe Colloquium Series – Dr. Holger Babinsky

Unsteady Lift generation at low-Reynolds numbers/Introduction to flapping wing aerodynamics Dr. Holger Babinsky CREATe Colloquium Series 11:00am Thursday April 20th, McBryde 655 Reception in McBryde 660 at 10:30am   A rapidly accelerating and pitching flat plate wing is a useful simplification of the complex fluid mechanics encountered in flapping wings. It has been known for…