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Dr Majid Bastankhah

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor in the Department of EngineeringE236 Christophersonext. 42399


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I am a fluid mechanic enthusiast who is passionate about renewables, particularly wind energy. I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering at Durham University, UK. I received a BSc (2009) followed by a MSc (2012) both in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. I then moved to the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where I completed a PhD (2017) in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Durham in 2018, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Wind Engineering and Renewable Energy (WiRE) Laboratory at EFPL. 

In my research, I employ theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches to study aerodynamics of wind turbines and wind farms. My research aims at narrowing the gap between theory and practice, and it contributes towards addressing important wind-farm optimisation challenges that the wind energy industry currently faces. I conduct laboratory experiments to study scaled-down wind turbines and wind farms under fully controlled conditions. I complement these studies with mathematical modelling to extract useful information that can be applied outside the laboratory in real world problems. The models developed in these works are widely used both in research and industry and implemented in several wind energy software packages such as FLORIS of NREL and PyWake of DTU, among others. I am currently the co-I and work-package leader of the UK-US bilateral research project (Innovate UK - N89640) working on the subject of wake steering for floating wind turbines, as part of a big consortium comprising several industrial (DNV, Equinor, NREL, MPS) and academic (Durham University, Cornell University) partners. 

Apart from doing research, teaching has been an important part of my academic career, and I enjoy teaching thermo-fluid courses and design new modules in both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Motivated master students and prospective PhD students who are interested in wind energy aerodynamics are welcome to get in touch directly for more information on available projects.

Honors and Awards

(2021) Teaching Excellence award
Department of Engineering, Durham University

(2017) Earth Sciences and Engineering Award for the best publication in the field of environmental engineering, EPFL, Switzerland.

(2014) Outstanding Poster (OSP) Award (link)EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.

(2014) Best Poster Presentation, 21st Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, Leeds.

(2013) Best Poster Award, Green days, EPFL, Switzerland

(2009) National Gold Medal in the Mechanical Engineering Olympiad, Iran.

(2009) Ranked 1st in the Nationwide M.Sc. Entrance Exam in Mechanical Engineering among more than 15000 participants, Iran.

Research interests

  • Wind Energy Aerodynamics
  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • Turbulent Flows
  • Atmospheric Boundary Layer Flows

Awarded Grants

  • 2021: USE OF WIND FARM CONTROL ON FLOATING PLA(£121109.67 from Innovate UK)

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Conference Paper

  • Bastankhah, Majid & Porte-Agel, Fernando (2016), Analytical modeling of turbine wakes in yawed conditions, European Geosciences Union (EGU). Vienna, Austria.
  • Bastankhah, Majid & Porte-Agel, Fernando (2014), A new analytical model for wind turbine wakes, International Conference on Aerodynamics of Offshore Wind Energy Systems and Wakes (ICOWES 2013). Lyngby, Denmark.
  • Bastankhah, Majid, Dios Romero, Isabele & Porte-Agel, Fernando (2014), Optimization of wind farm performance based on yaw angle control, 21st Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence (BLT). Leeds, UK.
  • Bastankhah, Majid & Porte-Agel, Fernando (2014), Effects of positive versus negative yaw angles on wind-turbine performance: an application of BEM theory, European Geosciences Union (EGU). Vienna, Austria.
  • Bastankhah, Majid & Porte-Agel, Fernando (2014), A wind-tunnel investigation of wind-turbine wakes in different yawed and loaded conditions, European Geosciences Union (EGU). Vienna, Austria.

Journal Article

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