Tristen Hohman, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Tristen’s research interests lie in understanding the interaction between large scale wind turbines and the complex atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) that covers the Earth’s surface. His primary interest is in vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) because of several advantages they have over their ubiquitous horizontal axis brethren. This research is achieved by implementing flow conditioning techniques in a standard wind tunnel that produce an artificially thick boundary layer so that interactions can be studied at a manageable scale. He hopes that this research will lead to improved wind turbine design and increased efficiencies that will help wind energy achieve a greater share of the global energy budget.