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Volker Buttgereit
Managing Director, BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd, London
“The Role of Wind Tunnel Technology in the Assessment of Building - Integrated Wind Turbines”

This presentation gives an introduction to the rather complex aerodynamic interaction between wind turbines and building external envelope and presents the analysis techniques necessary to robustly and comprehensively assess the aerodynamic performance of building-integrated wind turbines (BIWTs).
It discusses the merits of commercially available wind turbine technology and explores innovative strategies for integrating large-scale wind turbines into the building envelope. In particular, this technical paper reviews possible innovative approaches in which engineering benefit can be derived beyond basic wind yield returns of these devices.

Having gained professional qualifications as an aeronautical engineer at the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, Volker Buttgereit completed post graduate research in numerical and physical modelling of
aerodynamic and hydrodynamic flows for axial flow turbines used in the conversion of wave, tidal and wind power leading to a PhD in unsteady fluid dynamics. Dr. Buttgereit commenced his working career in the Future Projects
Department of Deutsche Aerospace Airbus in Hamburg, Germany. During this time he gained substantial experience in aerodynamic design of aircraft wings and wing body combinations using experimental and computational
assessment methods.

Following completion of his post graduate studies at Imperial College he worked as wind engineer at Ove Arup in London gaining experience in all aspects of wind engineering for large scale civil structures.

Dr. Buttgereit joined BMT Fluid Mechanics Limited in 1999 as project manager in the Fluid and Structural Mechanics Department’s Civil Structures Group, of which he became a manager in 2001. During this time he has gained significant experience in all aspects of tall building aerodynamics, aerodynamics of long span bridges and large roof structures and has project managed a number of the Departments’ high profile projects in the UK and mainland Europe as well as the Middle East and the Far East. In addition, he has played a leading role in the Departments’ work to support Environmental Impact Assessment for large master plans and building complexes.
Dr. Buttgereit has been Manager of the Fluid and Structural Mechanics Department was appointed Director of BMT Fluid Mechanics in 2003 and has recently taken up the position of Managing Director.

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