Rosario Nobile

Rosario Nobile




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Thesis title:

Building Integrated Wind Energy


The use of wind energy in the built environment has received an increasing interest in the last few years from public and political sectors. It is one of the possible options in the generation of electricity from renewable resources, with the potential of reducing carbon emissions in the built sector. Several studies have shown that Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) are more suitable for urban areas than Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines (HAWTs). The advantages of VAWTs over HAWTs are mainly: omni-directional without a yaw control, aesthetics to integrate to buildings, more efficient in turbulent environment and low sound emissions due to lower tip speed ratios of many designs. The aim of this project was to improve the performance of an existing VAWT developed for the built environment by using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) package. Then the several simulations results were be validated through the use of wind tunnel tests and data obtained from past experiments.


Journal Papers

  • Turkbeyler E., Yao R., Nobile R., Bentham T., Lim D., 2012. The Impact of Urban Wind Environments on Natural Ventilation.  International Journal of Ventilation ISSN 1473-3315 Volume 11 No 1 June 2012
  • Nobile R., Vahdati M., Barlow J.F., Mewburn-Crook A., 2010. Unsteady Flow Simulation of an Augmented Wind Turbine: a Two-Dimensional Study. Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics, Ref. No.: INDAER-D-13-00074

Conference Papers

  • Nobile R., Vahdati M., Barlow J.F., Mewburn-Crook A., 2010. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Study for an Augmented Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (AVAWT).  3rd Annual TSBE EngD Conference Proceedings. University of Reading. (Best Academic Paper, TSBE Annual Conference 2012.)
  • Nobile R., Vahdati M., Barlow J.F., Mewburn-Crook A., 2011. Dynamic stall for a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine in a two-dimensional study. In World Renewable Energy. Sweden.


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