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The impact of axial flow misalignment on a tidal turbine

Frost, Carwyn, Evans, Paul. S., Harrold, Magnus J., Mason-Jones, Allan, O'Doherty, Timothy and O'Doherty, Daphne M. 2017. The impact of axial flow misalignment on a tidal turbine. Renewable Energy 113 , pp. 1333-1344. 10.1016/j.renene.2017.07.006

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Abstract

Extensive Research and Development have helped drive the tidal energy industry towards commercial viability, with full-scale prototypes starting to meet marine environmental challenges. This paper utilises velocity data collected from a site off the welsh coast with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to determine the effects of misaligned flows on the performance of a tidal stream turbine. The field observations indicate that the majority of the currents tend to fall within ±20° of the principal flow direction for economically viable velocities. The CFD modelling suggests a reduction in the non-dimensional performance parameters as the angle of misalignment increases between the axis of rotation and the free stream velocity. The resultant magnitude of the bending moments acting on the rotor end of the driveshaft for the misaligned turbines was found to be up to ten times greater than the aligned turbine. The paper also shows that an accurate definition of the tolerance to axial flow misalignment between the free stream velocity and the axis of rotation of a turbine is required to prevent any negative effects on performance and loading.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0960-1481
Funders: EPSERC
Date of Acceptance: 2 July 2017
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2019 20:52
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/104515

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