One of the goals of the Powerkite project is to improve the methods for simulation and evaluation of power performance. This video shows pressure profiles on the kite computed by AC&E using USAERO from AMI.

Forces on the Powerkite due to differential pressures drive it along a figure of 8 trajectory at speeds several times faster than the tidal flow speed.  The computer simulations provide insight and understanding of the forces at work and how they may be controlled to maintain the correct trajectory, to reduce energy loses due to drag and to ensure efficient energy conversion from the Powerkite’s turbine.