Hannah Ross

Hannah Ross

Researcher III-Mechanical Engineering


Hannah is a member of NREL's water power team and focuses on developing and improving numerical modeling methods for current turbines. Hannah's doctoral work involved experimentally investigating the effects of scaling on the performance and hydrodynamics of cross-flow current turbines, with an emphasis on blockage and flow confinement effects.

Research Interests

Experimental and numerical fluid dynamics

Marine renewable energy

Current turbine hydrodynamics


Ph.D. and M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University

Featured Work

An Experimental Assessment of Analytical Blockage Corrections for TurbinesRenewable Energy (2020)

An Experimental Evaluation of Blockage Effects on the Wake of a Cross-Flow Current TurbineJournal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy (2020)

Blockage Effects on Current Turbine Performance and Wake Characteristics, European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (2017)