Wind Energy and Turbulence


Horns Rev offshore wind farm, Denmark. The wake interaction is visible in the fog
behind the wind turbines. Courtesy: Vattenfall. Photographer is Christian Steiness.

The focus of our research is to develop and test improved numerical models to predict the complex interaction between atmospheric turbulent flows and the environment, with emphasis on wind energy systems. Our research involves a combination of numerical modeling, which is based on large-eddy simulation (LES) and Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) techniques, and theoretical development. Our current research includes:

  • Wind-farm modeling, optimization and control
  • Large-eddy simulation (LES)
  • Boundary-layer turbulence
  • Uncertainty quantification

Open positions & student projects

For more information and applications, please contact me ( for further details.

  • PhD Position: Computational and theoretical study of atmospheric boundary-layer flow over complex terrain, sea surfaces and wind farms.
  • MS Thesis Project: Wind-farm layout optimization.
  • MS Thesis Project: Uncertainty quantification in CFD simulations of engineering problems.
  • MS Thesis Project: CFD simulation of airflow through idealized urban environments.


Mahdi Abkar

AdjunktInstitut for Ingeniørvidenskab - Wind Energy and Turbulence