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Eindhoven University of Technology
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Rahim did his Bachelor studies in Aeronautical Engineering in Iran and continued with his Master studies in Aerospace Engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Iran. His thesis was focused on plasma thrusters. He then decided to opt for his career in wind energy by studying in the European Wind Energy Master (EWEM) program while being awarded the Erasmus Mundus full scholarship. EWEM is a prestigious double master degree program coordinated by DTU, Denmark. In his thesis, he first identified the fluctuations of angle of attack and lift coefficient and the corresponding fatigue loads for large-scale class-A horizontal axis wind turbines (using DTU’s aeroelastic software, HAWC2). Then he continued to investigate the influence of circulation control; using DBD plasma actuators for different trailing edge shapes; for the purpose of unsteady load control for wind turbine blades where he employed force measurements, hot-wire anemometry (HWA) and particle image velocimetry (PIV).

He started his PhD by July 2015 at Eindhoven University of Technology on improvement of aerodynamic performance of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) for the urban environment. His research aims to employ passive and active flow control devices to enhance the performance of VAWTs. For his research he will be performing high-fidelity URANS and hybrid RANS-LES CFD calculations together with wind tunnel measurements. The outcomes of his project will support further wind energy harvesting in the built environment.


1)      Rezaeiha A, Kalkman I, and Blocken B, "CFD simulation of a vertical axis wind turbine operating at a moderate tip speed ratio: guidelines for minimum domain size and azimuthal increment," Renewable Energy, vol. 107, pp. 373-385, 2017.

2)      Rezaeiha A, Kalkman I, and Blocken B, "Effect of pitch angle on power performance and aerodynamics of a vertical axis wind turbine," Applied Energy, vol. 197, pp. 132-150, 2017.

3)      Rezaeiha A, Kalkman I, and Blocken B, "Effect of the shaft on the aerodynamic performance of an urban vertical axis wind turbine: a numerical study," submitted for publication, 2017.

4)      Rezaeiha A, Kalkman I, and Blocken B, "Towards accurate CFD simulation of vertical axis wind turbines: dependency of azimuthal increment and domain size on tip speed ratio and solidity," In preparation, 2017.

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