Wind Power Systems Research
The Texas Tech University Wind Science and Engineering Research
Center uses over 35 years of multidisciplinary research into the effects
of windstorms on the built environment and people to capitalize on
the beneficial effects of wind. The center performs advanced and
innovative multi-disciplinary, wind-related research including wind
flow characterization, wind structural engineering and wind power
systems. In 2007, the research center and Texas Tech University
established the first multidisciplinary doctoral degree in the nation,
providing students with the opportunity to integrate various aspects of
the wind science and engineering program into one graduate degree.
(From L to R) Hector Cruzado, 2007 Ph.D. graduate; Kirsten Orwig,
Ph.D. candidate; Kevin Walter, 2007 Ph.D. graduate
RESEARCH FOCUS on the Texas Tech 200 meter Data Acquisition Tower
Wind Power Systems Research is focused on full-scale testing, characterization, system optimization, and demonstration of grid-connected
utility-scale wind turbines designed for wind regimes such as those of the Southern Great Plains and integrated wind-water desalination
• Assessment of the risk and effects from wind turbine exposure
to extreme and unusual events of the Great Plains – such as
Low Level Jets, extreme wind speed and direction shear,
thunderstorm outflow and micro-bursts, and wind vortices.
• Installation of a 5-kW integrated wind-water desalination
system to provide a development platform for a 50 kW
wind-water desalination demonstration project with the
city of Seminole, Texas in cooperation with the Texas Office
of Rural and Community Affairs and the Texas Water
• Assistance to Texas State Technical College in the development
of curriculum for the first wind technician training program
in the state of Texas.
• Collaboration with the Sandia National Laboratory Wind Energy
Program on advanced instrumentation systems for high
fidelity measurements and probabilistic wind turbine load
and reliability studies.
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Wind Power Systems Research
Walter, K., C. Weiss, A. Swift, J. Chapman, N. Kelley, “Tall Tower Wind Shear Observations in the Stable Nocturnal Boundary Layer,”
AIAA and ASME Wind Energy Symposium proceedings, Paper number AIAA 2007-1224, Reno, NV January 2007.
Kevin Walter, K.C. Weiss, A. Swift, J. Chapman, N. Kelley, “Observations of Extreme Speed and Directional Wind Shear in the US Great
Plains,” presented at the European Wind Energy Conference, 7-10 May 2007, Milan, Italy
Kevin R. Walter, “Wind Power Systems in the Stable Nocturnal Boundary Layer”, TTU dissertation (May, 2007)
Basu, S., and Porté-Agel, F. (2006). “Large-eddy simulation of stably stratified atmospheric boundary layer turbulence: a scale-
dependent dynamic modeling approach.” Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences (in press).
Basu, S., Porté-Agel, F., Foufoula-Georgiou, E., Vinuesa, J.-F., and Pahlow, M. (2006). “Revisiting the local scaling hypothesis in stably-
stratified atmospheric boundary layer turbulence: an integration of field and laboratory measurements with large-eddy simulations.”
Boundary-Layer Meteorology (doi: 10.1007/s10546-005-9036-2 in press).
MAJOR RESEARCH GRANTS
Chapman, J., A. Swift, L. Song, “Assessment of Wind Turbine Performance at Schools”, State Energy Conservation Office, $50,000.
January, 2008 – March 2009.
Mehta, K.C., B. Ewing, J. Kruse, C. Letchford, R. Peterson, J. Schroeder, D. Smith, “IGERT – Multidisciplinary Doctoral Program in
Wind Science and Engineering”, National Science Foundation, $2,476,149. January 2003 – December 2008
Rainwater, K. and Swift, A., “DOE Integrated Wind-Water System”, State Energy Conservation Office, $50,000. December, 2005 -
Swift, A., J. Chapman, B. Ewing, A. Jackson, R. McComb, A. Morse, K. Rainwater, J. Schroeder, “Great Plains Wind Power Test
Facility”, U.S. Department of Energy, $1,486,000. January, 2006 – August, 2008.
Swift, A., A. Jackson, J.A. McEnery, K. Rainwater, “Efficient and Cost-Effective Combination of Wind Power and Desalination
Technology”, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, $99,735. September, 2005 - October, 2008.
Dr. Andrew Swift is Director of the Wind Science and Engineering
Research Center, a multidisciplinary research center engaging
23 faculty affiliates in 6 academic departments.
Texas Tech University | Whitacre College of Engineering
Box 43103 | Lubbock, TX 79409-3103
T 806.742.3451 | F 806.742.3493
www.coe.ttu.edu Modern Wind Farm