Airfoil and Rotor Design

Our ambition is to improve the design of airfoils and rotors. Through research in aerodynamics and aeroelastic-tailored rotor design with combined passive and active control, we can contribute with new concepts to power the world with wind technology.

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ARD focuses on aerodynamic and aeroacoustic research based on modelling and experimental techniques. The research deals with fidelities ranging from engineering models to advanced aerodynamic models, facilitating Fluid Structure Interaction methods and multidisciplinary rotor design and investigation of new concepts in interaction with the industry. The new Poul la Cour Wind Tunnel, the Rotating Test Rig and the Research Turbine are integrated into our research.

Poul la Cour Wind Tunnel


  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeroacoustics
  • FSI and Aero-elasticity
  • Experimental validation


  • Advanced aerodynamic modeling (HAWT and VAWT)
  • Integrated rotor and airfoil design and active and passive flow control
  • Wind tunnel aerodynamic and aeroacoustic  measurements and analysis
  • Airfoil and rotor noise modeling and measurements
  • Microphone array postprocessing 
  • Conceptual design and validation
  • Design load simulations and controller design

Research area & applications

  • Aerodynamic blade design and Smart rotor control
  • Low noise airfoils and rotors
  • Aerodynamic modeling in aeroelastic tools
  • Modeling and characterisation of airfoil flows
  • Blade tip design
  • Noise field measurements and analysis
  • Leading edge erosion and vortex generators
  • Conceptual design, Low-Wind, airborne, tip-rotor
  • Wind farm flows