Technical Program

The Scientific Program of TORQUE 2016 includes 10 thematic sessions, featuring 142 oral presentations and 167 posters.

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Plenary Sessions

Opening Ceremony
Diesel Hall
Wednesday 5 October (9:00-10:00)

Welcome and introduction to the conference by:

  • TUM President Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann
  • Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Adams
  • TORQUE 2016 Chair Prof. Dr. Carlo L. Bottasso


Poster Session 1
Main Hall
Wednesday 5 October (15:45-16:30)

Posters from the following topical areas will be presented:

  • A. Aerodynamics and noise
  • C. Aeroservoelasticity, loads, structures and materials
  • E. Design and systems engineering
  • G. Modeling and simulation technology
  • I. New concepts and configurations


Plenary Lecture by Dr. R. Thresher
Diesel Hall
Wednesday 5 October (18:30-19:30)

"Some Tales of the Early R&D - An American Perspective on Wind Energy’s Path to Commercialization"

Robert W. Thresher, Ph.D.
NREL Research Fellow
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Thresher has more than 40 years of research, development, engineering, and management experience in wind technology and ocean energy systems.  As a professor at Oregon State University, he worked with DOE to develop early wind technologies. At NREL he has been a principal researcher developing early wind technology and an architect of the wind program at NREL and the creation of the National Wind Technology Center. Since Dr. Thresher was appointed to the position of NREL Wind Energy Research Fellow in 2008, he has served as a strategist and spokesperson for the initiation of a national research program to develop offshore renewable energy technologies. He is currently serving as mentor and team supervisor for NREL’s wave, river and tidal current research team.


Poster Session 2
Main Hall
Thursday 6 October (15:45-16:30)

Posters from the following topical areas will be presented:

  • B. Wind, wakes, turbulence and wind farms
  • D. Control and supporting technologies
  • F. Measurement, monitoring and experimental techniques
  • H. Offshore wind energy
  • J. Drive trains, generator technology and grids


Plenary Roundtable “The Future Needs of Wind Energy Scientific Research”, Moderated by Prof. G. van Kuik
Diesel Hall
Thursday 6 October (9:00-10:00)

Where is wind energy research going? Where should it go? What is the view of academia, and what are the needs of industry? Join the discussion, and help shape the future of wind energy research together with some of the top leaders in the field.

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Gijs van Kuik (TUDelft)

  • Prof. Dr. Po Wen Cheng (University of Stuttgart)
  • Dr. Jens Madsen (Suzlon)
  • Prof. Dr. James F. Manwell (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Dr. James Maughan (GE Global Research)
  • Dr. Matthias Schubert (Wyncon Consultants)