Aniket C. Aranake

Aniket C. Aranake


Ph.D. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2011-present.
M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2011.
B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rutgers University, 2009.

Research Interests

My research is on the analysis and design of diffuser augmented wind turbines (DAWTs) using computational fluid dynamics. A DAWT is a wind turbine encased in an aerodynamic shroud, which serves to accelerate incoming airflow before it passes through the blades of the turbine. Accurate modelling of such systems depends heavily on capturing complex interactions between the wake of a wind turbine and the fluid boundary layer of the encasing shroud. High-order methods are preferred for the simulation of such systems to reduce the decay of wake vorticity. As such, overset meshes with structured grids are used frequently in this work. The phenomenon of laminar-turbulent transition has also been shown to greatly influence both the viscous and pressure loads on turbine blades, and accurate transition modelling is another key feature of this project. My research interests include:

  • Wind turbines and wind energy
  • Turbulence and turbulence modelling
  • Laminar-turbulent transition


Palacios, F., Economon, T. D., Aranake, A. C., Copeland, S. R., Lonkar, A. K., Lukaczyk, T. W., Manosalvas, D. E., Naik, K. R., Padron, A. S., Tracey, B., Variyar, A., and Alonso, J. J., "Stanford University Unstructured (SU2): Open-source analysis and design technology for turbulent flows," AIAA Paper 2014-0243, AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2014: 52nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting, National Harbor, MD, January 13-17, 2014.
Palacios, F., Colonno, M. R., Aranake, A. C., Campos, A., Copeland, S. R., Economon, T. D., Lonkar, A. K., Lukaczyk, T. W., Taylor, T. W. R., Alonso, J. J., "Stanford University Unstructured (SU2): An open-source integrated computational environment for multi-physics simulation and design.," AIAA Paper 2013-0287, 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, Grapevine, Texas, January 7-10, 2013.
Aniket Aranake, Vinod Lakshminarayan, and Karthik Duraisamy (2013), Computational Analysis of Shrouded Wind Turbine Configurations. 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Aniket Aranake, Vinod Lakshminarayan, and Karthik Duraisamy (2012), Assessment of Transition Model and CFD Methodology for Wind Turbine Flows. 42nd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit: eISBN: 978-1-60086-933-4