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Welcome to WET

The Wind Energy and Turbulence laboratory was designed to improve the current understanding of wind energy harvesting. To achieve this goal we dedicate much of our efforts to develop new knowledge on the turbulent atmospheric boundary layer. Our focus resides on using high resolution numerical simulations which we ultimately complement with the analysis of experimental data.

Currently we mainly use Large Eddy Simulations, which are capable of resolving most of the atmospheric turbulent scales as well as the wind turbines, providing very good results when compared to the experimental data. We are highly interested in improving the current conception of the land-atmosphere energy exchanges, and our work strives to fill the gaps of our current understanding. It is only by properly capturing the land-atmosphere connection that forces the atmospheric flow aloft that we will be able to reproduce with high accuracy the atmospheric flow.

In case you are interested in our research we encourage you to reach out to us because we are always interested in scientific discussions!

Research interests

• Atmospheric Boundary-Layer turbulence
• Wind Energy
• Land-Atmosphere interactions
• Large-Eddy Simulations
• Thermally stratified flows

Contact Us

Marc Calaf

Marc Calaf

Assistant Professor



Contact informations
Office: 2547 MEK
E-mail: marc.calaf@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 587-3253

Recent Activity

New member joins the WET lab: more about Byron Eng

New member joins the WET lab: more about Byron Eng

Byron is a Master Student that just joined us in order to develop some amazing research in our group. Byron grew up in [...]

New article: Turbulence upstream of wind turbines: A large-eddy simulation approach to investigate the use of wind lidars

New article: Turbulence upstream of wind turbines: A large-eddy simulation approach to investigate the use of wind lidars

Journal of Renewable Energy G. Cortina and M. Calaf   Abstract Despite the evolution of wind turbines, the way in which in-situ meteorological information is obtained has [...]

New article: Investigation of the incoming wind vector for improved wind turbine yaw-adjustment under different atmospheric and wind farm conditions

New article: Investigation of the incoming wind vector for improved wind turbine yaw-adjustment under different atmospheric and wind farm conditions

Journal of Renewable Energy G. Cortina ,V. Sharma, M. Calaf Regardless of the evolution of wind energy harvesting, the way in which turbines obtain in-situ meteorological information re[...]

New Article: Distribution of mean kinetic energy around an isolated wind turbine and a characteristic wind turbine of a very large wind farm

New Article: Distribution of mean kinetic energy around an isolated wind turbine and a characteristic wind turbine of a very large wind farm

Gerard Cortina, Marc Calaf, and Raúl Bayoán Cal Phys. Rev. Fluids 1, 074402 (2016) A detailed control volume analysis of the flow around a w[...]

WINDFARMS 2016

WINDFARMS 2016

During the following days, 23-25 May of 2016, the Wind Energy & Turbulence group will be presenting the latest research results in[...]

68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics

68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics

WET will be attending the upcoming American Physical Society 68th Annual DFD Meeting that will take place in Boston (Massachusetts) on November[...]

WINDFARMS 2015

WINDFARMS 2015

During the following days, 8-10 July of 2015, the Wind Energy & Turbulence group will be presenting the latest research results in[...]

Seminar: Visiting Scholar Hyunjin Lee

Seminar: Visiting Scholar Hyunjin Lee

Hyunjin Lee, Ph.D. Principal Researcher CSP Technology Solar Thermal Lab Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) Friday, May 16, 2014 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.[...]

NAE Endorses U Grand Challenge Scholars Program

NAE Endorses U Grand Challenge Scholars Program

The U’s College of Engineering is one of 14 U.S. universities selected by the National Academy of Engineering to launch a Grand C[...]

National Starting Salary for Mechanical Engineering Graduating Seniors: $64,000

National Starting Salary for Mechanical Engineering Graduating Seniors: $64,000

Wall Street Journal reporter Lauren Weber writes, “Engineering grads of 2013, will still earn far higher salaries, on average, than the typical n[...]