The Infrastructure

Due to the size of the void, There is a huge pressure difference created across the altitude extents of the mine. The infrastructure is expected to activate this wind flow and channelize it through a Venturi section where a series of turbines installed generate energy and the wind is dispersed to the environment through the outlet. In order for the system to be efficient, Part by part optimization strategies was followed. Part 1 is the Wind inlet. Unlike traditional wind turbines, The design of this is Omnidirectional. Since the wind inlet is the most crucial component of the unit, many configurations have been tried out based on certain parameters such as the Reynolds number, Volumetric inflow rate etc. Part 2 is the Venturi section. Based on Ansys Adjoint solver, The Venturi section is enclosed within a bounding box informed by the site velocity and pressure contours. The Solver is iterated Within a certain parameter such as directional x,y,z velocity, Average Pressure etc. Based on one of the optimization solution from the above iteration, This is a Simulation of an optimized tube that proves that the wind velocity is increased in the Venturi section. The velocity is higher at the venturi section and is an ideal location to place the wind turbines. Once we have the optimized Section or sections, They are overlayed onto the site contours in order to check for turbulence. This again would alter the design constraints and the needs to be iterated again. This is a zoomed view of a Venturi section overlayed onto the site velocity contours. As you can see, in zones 1,2,3,4,5&6, The turbulence is too much that the section would fail and would Prove inefficient. This is an ANSYS simulation explores how the Pressure contour value changes when a system is introduced into the site. So the design parameters had to be altered accordingly to achieve the optimized form. Now that a single working system is reliable, efficiency could be increased by multiplying such systems of Varying scales. The below image depicts Velocity and Pressure contours when multiple systems are introduced into the site model. Continued iterations and simulations, Relatively efficient forms were developed and agglomerated. Agglomeration of All the objects in the manufactured landscape. The obtained cluster is a functionally-performing hybrid urban landscape based on existing principles and phenomena that could potentially aid residual terrains to become resourceful again.The Aerodynamic InfrastructureThe Aerodynamic Infrastructure_Aeriel ViewThe Aerodynamic Infrastructure_ Perspective ViewFinal Imagery of the HYPEROBJECTThe Aerodynamic Infrastructure_Physical Model

Thesis Studio – The City in the Age of Hyperobjects,2017-2018

Faculty – Peter Trummer

Faculty Assistant – Jordi Vivaldi Piera

Student – Kaushik Raghuraman