The University of New Mexico

1. Turbulence Modeling and Simulations

2. Rotors/Props

3. Wind Energy

4. Power Systems


This project focuses on design of bio-inspired rotors and ducted propellers for small rotorcrafts suitable for residential areas for transportation and recreation. The group conducts CFD simulations and experimental studies for evaluating the rotor aerodynamic performance and power consumption. Our innovative open rotors use blades with a bio-inspired planform combined with airfoil profiles. We also analyzed the effect of 3D-printing on the blade performance as described in references below.

RDWT    Prop

Wind Energy

The project goal is to develop and test a new device for harvesting wind energy in urban areas using new materials and bio-inspired technologies.

Power Systems

Interconnectivity of critical elements (power sources, loads) and links connecting them (hereafter, grid topology) plays the key role in the electric grid resilience to cascading failures and other massive damage. Different topologies respond differently to failures. Efficiency of protection schemes, static and dynamic, and control algorithms can also be improved when applied to a more resilient topology. The project objectives are the development and application of computationally efficient algorithms for evaluating the resilience of power and biological systems due to their topology. The approach relies on

  • a unique mathematical approach to describe and quantify in probabilistic terms the system response to an arbitrary number of simultaneous failures in the system elements and
  • “Selfish” algorithm to reduce the computational cost of the analysis,

  • both developed by Dr. Poroseva. Computational cost of the proposed analysis is managed using tools of deterministic and stochastic analyses and the graph theory.

    Previous applications include a power sytem of an all-electric ship, micro-grids, and a sattelite electric power subsystem. An example of the analysis application is shown in the figure below, where a single load (indicated by arrows) is connected to generators (circles) using different topologies. Colors correspond to probabilities of uninterrupted (red), reduced (green) due to reconfiguration, and interrupted (blue) power supply to the load at any number of damaged elements.

    Open Resources

    Software: The Drawing of a Network with Sources and Sinks and its Automatic Conversion into the Adjacency Matrix or List