Alex Herring, a graduate Aerospace Engineering student at the LSWT, designed and built a diffuser for the 7ft x 7ft test section insert for the wind tunnel. On November 20, 2014, the design was proven a success when a Mach number of 0.408 was recorded.
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Sandia Research Reveals Erosion Reduces Wind Turbine Performance
“Research conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories revealed that leading-edge erosion on wind turbine blades can have a detrimental effect on wind turbine aerodynamic performance within the second year of operation. Light erosion may lead to a 5% decrease in annual energy production, and heavy erosion may reduce energy production by as much as 25%….”