Dr. Dan Houck

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Dr. Dan Houck

Postdoctoral Researcher

Biography

Dr. Dan Houck joined the Wind Energy Technologies department at Sandia National Laboratories in 2020. His research supports the Rotor Wake project at the Scaled Wind Farm Test (SWiFT) facility, specifically the study of wake management techniques to mitigate wind farm wake losses. To explore this topic, he has used Sandia’s Code for Axial and Cross-flow Turbine Simulation (CACTUS) to examine axial induction control and wake steering and their combination in preparation for experiments at the SWiFT facility. He is also exploring the efficacy of dynamic wake control methods. Generally, his research interests are related to the fluid dynamics of wind energy, in particular turbine-turbine interactions.

Before joining Sandia, Dan earned his PhD and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University working with Dr. Edwin “Todd” Cowen on model-scale wind energy experiments to accurately measure the effects of dynamic induction control and axial induction control on the wakes and power of model wind turbines. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Portland State University and BA in Philosophy and the History of Math and Science from St. John’s College, Maryland.