A Quebec company, Éolo Inc. , approaches professor Dumas in order to obtain expertise on the aerodynamic efficiency of a new wind turbine prototype system including two oscillating wings in a parallel configuration.


Wind turbine prototype from Éolo Inc.



Student projects: development of theoretical and numerical models.

Performance analyses and preliminary optimization achieved through computational fluid dynamics simulations.

Early results are very encouraging (paper: “Parametric Study of an Oscillating Airfoil in Power-Extraction Regime”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 46, No. 6, June 2008).

Numerical modeling and simulations



- Design and testing of a small-scale, oscillating-wings wind turbine demonstrator.

Small-scale oscillating-wings wind turbine demonstrator



- Experimental measurements in a hydraulic canal.


Instrumented oscillating-wing rig in a hydraulic canal



- Multidisciplinary research project, supported by FQRNT-Équipe (Le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies).

Design, fabrication and testing of an innovative 2kW oscillating-wings turbine prototype, dragged on a lake with a custom-made instrumented boat (pontoon).



Instrumented pontoonOscillating-wings underwater turbine



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