Keynote talk on "Fluid dynamics innovations in hydrogen fusion and wind energy technologies" in FMFP2022 IIT Roorkee Dec 15th, https://www.iitr.ac.in/FMFP2022/ given by Dr Avital
13 December 2022
In this talk we will cover innovations carried by our group and in collaboration with others in the fields of hydrogen fusion and wind energy. Hydrogen fusion energy is very promising in terms of impact, but we still do not have commercial reactors. However, recent developments as the magnetised target fusion (MTF) approach are getting us much closer to that goal. Three MTF designs researched along with General Fusion will be discussed. In all three designs, fluid dynamics has a crucial rule in compressing the plasma to fusion conditions. The designs are based on acoustic, shock wave and mechanical compression of a liquid metal liner that in turn compresses the plasma while doing so in less than a few milliseconds.
Although wind power technology has been much established for large turbines, small turbines have yet to improve, suffering from low aerodynamic performance due to the blade’s low Reynolds number. Several blade designs will be presented to show improvements in pre and post stall aerodynamics, stall delay and reduction in trailing edge noise, resulting in a wider (horizontal and vertical) turbine’s aerodynamic operation envelope. Talk will conclude in a study of blade’s leading-edge fluidic injections.
Updated by: Eldad Avital