Claudia works in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where she is advised by Marcus Hultmark. Her efforts attempt to better understand the aerodynamics of wind turbines through experimental studies of fluid dynamics at high Reynolds numbers. Her research focuses on dynamic stall and its effects on the performance of vertical axis wind turbines, as well as field experiments using nanoscale hot-wires to measure small-scale turbulence in the atmospheric surface layer. Her HMEI-STEP fellowship research will examine the burgeoning offshore wind energy industry in the United States, and specifically in New Jersey.
HMEI-STEP Topic: Offshore Wind Energy in the United States — From Burgeoning Technology to Competitive Market Force?
Thesis Topic: Unsteady Airfoil Aerodynamics with Applications to Vertical Axis Wind Turbines
Thesis Adviser: Marcus Hultmark